Afro Ken (アフロ犬) is a Japanese character created by the San-X company, which creates other anime-style characters such as Kogepan. He is a dog with a starry, multicolor afro. He is innocent and blameless and always in a good mood. ...more on Wikipedia about "Afro Ken"
ai-in or ain (アイーン) (pronounced ah-EEN or AIEEN) is a Japanese pop culture word originated by comedian Ken Shimura ( 志村けん) for his bakatono (バカ殿) character (a fool/clown in white makeup and Japanese garb). Usually, it's said while making a slicing motion under the chin and grimacing. The word was further popularized by the popular all-girl quartet Minimoni ( ミニモニ。), who features the character in two of their promotional videos (Ai-in Dance no Uta and Ai-in Taisou). ...more on Wikipedia about "Ai-in"
A gaijin tarento (外人タレント) is a foreign celebrity ( gaijin) active exclusively or almost exclusively in Japan. The word literally means "Foreign talent" (see Tarento). Fluent in Japanese with European or other foreign looks, these actors find regular work on Japanese television. The actors are often chosen because they meet the Japanese stereotypes of foreigners ( Americans generally look rugged and have blond hair and blue eyes, or, alternatively, are of African ancestry. Gaijin tarento are seen as a curiosity by the Japanese, like a circus attraction, just as other tarento. However, the financial and other rewards can be generous. Dave Spector, the most renowned gaijin tarento says he makes more than $500,000 dollars a year. Most generally make far less, but nevertheless have relatively interesting work, gain social prominence, and make enough to maintain a middle-class lifestyle, including an apartment in Tokyo (the media capital of Japan). ...more on Wikipedia about "Gaijin tarento"
Gyaru-moji (ギャル文字, "gal's alphabet") is a style of obfuscated Japanese writing popular amongst Japanese school girls. Like the English phenomenon of texting language, it is most often used for sending cell phone text messages, but while txt is used as a form of informal shorthand, a message typed in gyaru-moji usually requires more characters and effort than the same message typed in plain Japanese. It was invented by girls so that they could write messages to their friends when travelling on busy inner-city trains without those around them being able to read the messages over their shoulders. Since writing in gyaru-moji requires extra effort, and due to the perception of confidentiality, sending gyaru-moji messages to a peer is seen as a sign of close friendship. ...more on Wikipedia about "Gyaru-moji"
A Japanese idol (アイドル; aidoru) is a celebrity who achieves widespread popularity and fame in Japan largely by virtue of her looks. The term usually refers to female performers in their late teens and early twenties who are considered " kawaii" (pretty, cute) and achieve fame through publicity in the mass media ...more on Wikipedia about "Japanese idol"
Maneki Neko is also a Hugo award-winning short story by science fiction writer Bruce Sterling. ...more on Wikipedia about "Maneki Neko"
Moshi moshi (in hiragana もしもし) is a widely used Japanese telephone greeting. It derived from Mosu mosu (申す申す), I am going to tell you just now. ...more on Wikipedia about "Moshi moshi"
Nyan Nyan Nyanko (にゃんにゃんにゃんこ), known as Nyanko for short, are small toys produced by the San-X company sometimes bought with candy that feature a small cat posing in or around a food item (or an item from common culture in Japan). They are highly collectible and come in themed sets, as well as larger plushie versions. The tiny figurines are very typical of San-X's cute style and the small plastic food based Nyanko are regarded as very well-made and well-decorated. Additionally, the cat can be removed from its little foody home. ...more on Wikipedia about "Nyan Nyan Nyanko"
Purikura (プリクラ) refers to a type of photobooth in Japan. The word itself is a shortened form of Print Club in Japanese pronunciation, an example of wasei-eigo (English that is "made in Japan"). Jointly developed by Atlus and Sega, the first purikura was sold in July of 1995, and プリント倶楽部 (purinto kurabu, or "print club") is a registered trademark. ...more on Wikipedia about "Purikura"
(Tokyo Posse) A line of Japanese pop culture inspired dolls created by Takara , creators of the very popular Jenny doll in Japan. Takara also created Transformers. ...more on Wikipedia about "Tokyo Posse"
"YATTA!" is a 2001 song by a Japanese fictional band called はっぱ隊 (Happa-tai; literally "Leaf Squad" in Japanese, though they called themselves "Green Leaves" in English). The song was first performed as a sketch on the Japanese sketch comedy show "笑う犬の冒険" (Warau Inu no Bōken; Adventures of a Laughing Dog), where Happa-tai, a sendup of a stereotypical boy band, is portrayed by some of Japan's most well-known comedians. It became extremely popular on the Internet through the distribution of its music video and also a Flash animation called Irrational Exuberance which used the song (this was a so-called animutation). ...more on Wikipedia about "Yatta"
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