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Posts Tagged ‘AKB48’

“Aitakatta” and poor translations

Posted by Doug on October 26, 2008

According to the Japanese Wikipedia entry on AKB48 (as translated by the 1.0.4.4 version of the Translator add-on for Firefox), “AKB48 (FOTIEITO EKEBI), Akimoto Yasu a full production by 2005, was born to a woman Idol group. Akihabara, a private theater is a theater AKB48 and performances here are almost daily.” Well, I’m glad that got cleared up.

Among the “Issues and Problems” there is a mention that “Theater BLT, such as CD and DVD will be sold at the theater, you shake hands and the novelty of mercenary participate in the purchase of tickets because, CD and NE BLT and a lot of theater and the surrounding circumstances to be dumped Has occurred.” I don’t know what I’d do if that happened to me, but at least you can buy a handshake and a hug for ¥1,300 (“The sweet-hip (1,300 yen) → purchase of a handshake and a hug from the implementation committee.”). I wonder if they have gift certificates…

Yeah, the Translator add-on is of limited use to me.

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“Yūhi wo Miteiruka?” by AKB48

Posted by Doug on October 17, 2008

I have no clue what they’re singing about. My proficiency with the Japanese language is limited to konnichiwa and itadakimasu and dattebayo and maybe a dozen other simple phrases, tops. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from liking Japanese music. Heck, I like music better when I can’t understand it, when the language barrier turns it into an audio abstract, and I can listen to the musical quality more or less unburdened by any actual content to the sounds.

However, this tends to make singing along difficult and/or embarrassing, because I know I’m getting the words horribly, horribly wrong, and I just know that any moment, some Japanese person is going to come waltzing around the corner, and laugh his or her backside off at my atrocious mangling of their native tongue. Either that or they’ll kick my ass because they think I’m making some disparaging remarks about their mother.

Of course, that doesn’t stop me from singing along, either.

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