Almost 2010

31 Dec

In Japan, it’s almost midnight on 2009 December 31.
In about ten minutes the year 2010 will start in Japan.

Click here and you see the current time in Tokyo on my main website.

Last year, I wrote about 大晦日 (New Year’s Eve) in Japan and some of the customs in Japan…including 年越しそば (New Year noodles), which we ate today as we always do, and the 「紅白歌合戦」 (Red And White Music Battle) TV show that we’re watching now.
Click here to read my New Year’s Eve post from last year.

Since the year 2009 will be over in a matter of minutes (at least on this side of the world), how about a list of new words that entered the English language in 2009 and new words that entered the Japanese language this past year too?

New English-language words for 2009 (according to the Oxford Dictionary (since I don’t live in an English-speaking country, these were all new (and interesting) to me):

Intexticated – Distracting by sending text-messages via cell-phone while driving.

Paywall – Part of a website that is only available to paying subscribers.

Sexting – Sending explicit photos and/or text via cell-phone email.

Funemployed – Unemployed people taking advantage of their free-time to pursue interesting activities.

Choice Mom – A woman who chooses to be a single mother.

And the 2009 English-language “Word Of The Year”…Unfriend – To remove someone from your list of “Facebook friends”.

Are these words common in America (or other countries)?

And the new Japanese-language words in 2009:

「歴女」 (Rekijo) – (Eng. “History Women”) – Japanese women who are interested in Japanese history. It’s a new trend. They enjoy visiting historic spots in Japan such as graves of famous Samurai and other historic landmarks.

「ファスト・ファッション」 – (Eng. “Fast fashion”) – Due to the bad economy, cheap retail fashion stores such as “Uniqlo” and “Forever 21” have seen an increase in business.

「派遣切り」 (Haken-giri) – (Eng. “Temp Staff Cutbacks”) – It used to be that temporary staff of large companies could almost count on becoming permanent staff one day, but the economy has caused many companies to lay-off their temporary workers.

「政権交代」 (Seiken-Koutai) – (Eng. “Regime Change”) – The Liberal Democratic Party has won every Prime Minister election for decades…but this year Yukio Hatoyama of the Democratic Party Of Japan became the Prime Minister.

「新型インフルエンザ」 (Shingata-influenza) – (Eng. “New Flu”) – The Swine Flu is called New Flu in Japan.

9 Responses to “Almost 2010”

  1. Sir Pent January 3, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    Depending on career…I usually get Xmas Eve and Xmas Day off along with New Years Eve and New Years Day.
    My wife (a school teacher) gets 2 weeks off.


    • tokyo5 January 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

      In Japan, the closest day off to Xmas is Dec 23 (the Emperor’s birthday), and then about Dec 26 – Jan 5 is what most people get off from work for New Years here.


  2. cuteandcurls January 1, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu 🙂

    Hope your New Year begins with a wonderful start for you & family. Interesting new words for the Oxford although I dont know whether thats worth adding to the dictionary really except for UNFRIEND. I actually Rekijo, can I call myself that as I am pretty much interested in Japanese history, cultures & traditions let alone mythology.

    Anyway heres to you T5 and to your blog site!! Looking forward to reading more of your posts for this year!


    • tokyo5 January 1, 2010 at 11:29 am #

      Thank you.
      And sure, you can call yourself Rekijo. Why not?


  3. Sir Pent January 1, 2010 at 5:36 am #

    New Years Day is a legal holiday, but not New Years Eve. My company has Eve off, though.

    We haven’t decided what movie or movies we will watch yet. Hopefully we can find something that all 3 can enjoy.


    • tokyo5 January 1, 2010 at 11:28 am #

      How many days are commonly taken off at Xmas time in the U.S.?

      Have you seen the movie “Up“? It looks like a good family movie. (Is it still in theaters there?)


  4. Sir Pent January 1, 2010 at 12:15 am #

    Happy New Year!
    (We still have another 9 hours 45 minutes to go!)

    Our family will be going to our favorite local restaurant for a big New Year’s Eve dinner and then we will do a movie night. (It’s difficult to get out with a 5 year old boy.)


    • tokyo5 January 1, 2010 at 12:20 am #

      It’s only 2:15PM there?
      What movie will you watch?

      I’ve never gone to a movie on New Years Eve before.

      I can’t remember…is New Years Eve / Day legal holidays in America? Do you have the day off?

      In Japan, X-mas Eve / Day are regular work days…but almost noone has to work at New Years.

      Tomorrow we’ll have a big traditional Japanese New Years dinner at my inlaws with all the relatives…as we do every year.

      >It’s difficult to get out with a 5 year old

      I definitely remember those days. Actually, when my oldest was five, my other two kids were four and three!


  5. tokyo5 January 1, 2010 at 12:07 am #

    Now it’s 2010.
    明けましておめでとうございます! (“Happy New Year!)


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