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ようこそ Welcome めんそーれー

What is rightricepaddy.com? It is the place for resources, education, and inspiration for those who straddle the American and Japanese worlds.

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Translation Tip

Translation tip: If you are reading a sentence in English/ Japanese and are unsure of what it says, identify the subject and then try reading the sentence backwards and the grammar will be much more akin to your native tongue.

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How to Call a Japanese Cell Phone from Overseas

You got a cellphone in Japan! (Did you get SoftBank or au? I like au for two reasons unrelated to the actual phone. One, au represents gold from the periodic table of elements (coming from the Latin word for gold: aurum). Two, the company has spectacular commercials involving famous Japanese fairy tale characters.) 

Now you would like to give your cellphone number to your friends and families overseas so you can Face Time, etc. Yet, how does one call a Japanese cell phone from an overseas phone?

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Emoji Etymology

I encountered a delicious etymological treat this week. Emojis! 😋I did not know that “emoji” is a Japanese word. I thought it was the internet’s way of taking the word “emotion” and shortening it or combining it with something, as the internet loves to do. It was a light bulb moment. 💡 Ah, ha! This is why there are so many Japanese kanji and Japanese cultural items in the emoji library!

Let’s break down the word in Japanese.

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