Saturday, November 17, 2007

Letter Art

Now, here is a question for you. How can you see this Japanese word?


You may see this person is bowling. Probably, it is easier to recognize it like this.

ぷ。 ...。  ......。 iiii

ぷ is just one of Hiragana letter in Japanese (it sounds "Pu"), but it looks like something different when you see it from another angle. Here is some arrangment of ぷ。

ぷ。 ぷ。 ぷ。

3 people are bowling at the same time.


This is bowling with many pins.

These are very difficult to recognize this at first for native Japanese

because they see it only as a letter.

Here is a question for you.

These are not Japanese letters but alphabet and mark. How can you see it?



soursop said...

I have no idea!! You got me there... -_-;
What is that??

kevin said...

Hm, I can't see anything either... What do you see?

kayanon said...

hi soursop and kevin,

You guys really cannot see it? Ok, here is a hint for you.

It is small creature, and even eaten in France!

PBY said...

I didn't see it before the hint. And it is very good to eat!

This remind me of the joke about the TGV (shinkasen french equivalent).

Look at the logo, and look at it upside down (180° rotation)

kayanon said...


You found the answer! I've never eaten it before. How do you eat it?

kevin said...

Ohhh, I see it now. I ate one of those before, but spit it out because it tasted... weird...

Cécile said...

Hello! I've been following your blog for a while now, and I wanted to tell you that it's one of the most interesting blog I've ever read!!

And since you know a lot about Japan culture (I guess you are Japanese, aren't you?), I thought you could help me. Let me tell you more about it. I'm studying Japanese in Paris, France and i have a paper to do on Japan culture in the 2000's.

I thus wanted to have your point of view on that. What do you think is new? What is different from the 1990's?

I thought of street fashion, otaku, manga, well pop culture in general...But all that already existed in the past few years right?

What about cinema, literature?

I guess you know more about it than I do...And if you've got any books you recommend me to read...Thank you in advance for your precious help.

You can mail me at :

Have a nice day!

PBY said...

Generally, each snail is put in a small recipient, with butter and some condiments, and you eat the snail with a very small fork (called snail fork, it's only used for that).

The snails must be correctly prepared. They must eat only tasting herbs for 2 weeks before being used (therefore, they are clean inside, and with good taste)

I'm interested in Cécile question. From what I see from France, I will say more cell phone, more soccer, less bosozoku, less baseball.

kayanon said...


Hi, thanks for the comment.

well, what is new in 2000's in Japan? hmm, so many things are dramatically changed. Yeah, as you said, new cultures were born in 2000's. I mean there exists very traditional culture which is special and very different from other countries. but new culture like Otaku, Manga whatever, is big hit in the world. Obviously, Japanese tecnology is amazing. Car, camera, PC, TV...I am sure you see Japanese brand products are sold in your country. About cinema, hmmm...not so much different. but Miyazaki is famous, I guess.Sorry, i don't read Japanese book but more english. The one i was absorbed into is called "Hyoten 氷点". It comes out on TV and even a film.

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