Ha! Well, it seems this topic has taken off quite nicely, even if it has gone off on a tangent at times...
Unfortunately the extent of my Oz-speak has been limited to Paul Hogan (anyone remember the Paul Hogan Show?) and Steve Irwin.
Anyhow, I got a chuckle out of what you guys have been saying!
So lessee, what other JDM/JNC terms are worth adding? I guess it would be helpful to know basic Japanese numbers (say, zero to twenty) as well as some of the popular nicknames like Ai Dabu, Esu Dabu, etc. perhaps a glossary of common parts terms such as TAWABA, rammer foot (tago), things like that - things you'd either hear a Japanese speaker say or would encounter when reading a webpage translated by Google or Babelfish.
If this dictionary/glossary ever really does come about, I'd like to see it more than just a Jpanese to English dictionary, since those exist already and can be had anywhere. What I'd really like to see is a multi-lingual, multi-cultural dictionary/glossary of JNC related words, terms, and phrases.
But, since you asked, here is some info on the basic Japanese numbering system
1 - ichi
2 - ni
3 - san
4 - yon / shi
5 - go
6 - roku
7 - nana / shichi
8 - hachi
9 - kyuu / ku
10 - juu
For 11 through 19, it's like putting ten together with another number - eleven is juuichi (ten one) while nineteen (19) is juuku (ten nine).
Twenty (20) is nijuu (two ten).
Twentyone (21) is nijuuichi (two ten one)
And so on...
Kind of confusing, but actually simple
Calendar Terms - Japanese Eras
Since ancient times in Asia, it has been the practice to count years according to the reign of an emperor. This custom has been going on in Japan for a long time with a few changes along the way. Modern Japan began with the Meiji Era, which started in 1868. During this time it was determined that the era begins on the day an emperor ascends the throne and continues until his death. Modern Japan has had four eras.
Meiji - 1868-1912
Taisho - 1912-1926
Showa - 1926-1989
Heisei - 1989-present
The SHOWA era
is the one we are most concerned with since it is during this time that most of our beloved JNC fit.
Here is a handy converter from Gregorian calendar to Japanese Era
You can use it to determine what year your car is to what year you were born!
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