Top Japanese words of 2008

I am different than you

My friend JZ sent me a link to the top 60 popular Japanese words and phrases from 2008. It makes for a great culture scan of Japan now. And it’s a reminder that the year is drawing to its close.

One of my favorites is the arrogant “I am different than you” (あなたとは違うんです), famously uttered by the short-termed former Japanese PM Fukuda. The ASCI art is also amazing.

Another favorite is arafo (アラフォー), the Japanese-ification of the English “about 40” to describe women from 35 to 45. Somehow that topic is strangely resonant for this blogger.

arafo (アラフォー)

Thanks, Pink Tentacle, for presenting this list in English. It’s worth reading the whole post:

Pink Tentacle on top 60 popular Japanese words and phrases in 2008