Today’s word: Shodai (kanji: 初代, katakana: ショダイ) means the first generation of something….an iPhone, a vehicle line, a household/family, etc. Subsequent generations are indicated as Number + Dai (generation) Meh (unit of order/sequence)
2nd Gen = 2代目 （Ni Dai Meh）
3rd Gen = 3代目 （San Dai Meh）
4th Gen = 4代目 （Yon Dai Meh）
5th Gen = 5代目 （Go Dai Meh）
6th Gen = 6代目 （Roku Dai Meh）
7th Gen = 7代目 （Nana Dai Meh）
8th Gen = 8代目 （Hachi Dai Meh）
9th Gen =9代目 （Kyuu Dai Meh）
10th Gen =10代目（Jyuu Dai Meh）
Today’s word: キズ/KIZU means scratch/scar, and can be found almost anywhere: on a piece of furniture, on the human body, on your iPhone screen, on your beloved Drift Bible DVD, etc. A minor paint KIZU on a car can often be concealed using タッチペン/TATCHI-PEN (touch-up paint). Some may notice that the image shows KIZU written in KATAKANA (Japanese phonetic alphabet), all while the “傷” KANJI (Chinese pictographic character) is readily available and actually more commonly-used in daily life. The choice to go with katakana was based on purely aesthetic purposes, but as that explanation may not satisfy the hardcore grammar nerds out there, I await your nitpicks in the comments below.
Daily Japanese lesson!
Today: スバリスト（Subarist), is a term coined by Subaru themselves, and was publicly introduced during the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013. This term is defined quite elaborately on Subaru’s official website, and it goes far beyond meaning simply a “Subaru fan” (though written as such in the image due to space constraint). Subaru wishes the public to understand the company’s carbuilding passion behind the creation of their vehicles. In turn, the company is aware that Subaru owners are truly a special breed who Continue reading →
Today: ツルツル (tsuru-tsuru) describes surfaces which both appear to be, and actually are, smooth, slippery, and the like. Icy winter roads are tsuru-tsuru. Worn-out tires are tsuru-tsuru. Waxed floors, billiard balls, ramen noodles and Hobbs’/Dom’s heads are all tsuru-tsuru.
Today: ゼロヨン. Comprised of ゼロ（zeh-ro: Zero) and ヨン (yohn: Four), short for a 0-400m drag race. 400 meters calculates to 1,312 feet, so it’s slightly less than the actual quarter-mile (1,320 feet). However, since Japan utilizes the metric system for units of measurement, they refer to the quarter mile as the 0-400 …similar to how Metric France refers to the Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese as the Royale w/ Cheese.
Today: 溝（mizo: gutter/ditch), 落とし（otoshi: drop). A driving technique made famous by Initial D, in which Takumi drops a tire into a ditch on the side of the road in order to whip his car around a corner faster than otherwise possible. (unfortunately not depicted in photo).