a typical shop of Shimokitazawa (by Sid Yoo)
Food of the gods.With calcium!
The red-label drinks are hot.
The first time I realized you could get hot tea from a vending machine… I don’t know, it just made it seem so civilized.
Let’s learn how to count in Japanese. Every language has a different way of counting objects; the Japanese use counters.
When combining a number with a counter, the pronunciation of the number or the counter might change. Click the link for each counter to learn about the phonetic change.
hon 本 —- Long, cylindrical objects: trees, pens, etc.
mai 枚 —- Flat, thin objects: paper, stamps, dishes, etc.
ko 個 —- Broad category of small and compact objects
hai 杯 —- Liquid in cups, glasses, bowls, etc.
satsu 冊 —- Bound objects: books, magazines, etc.
dai 台 —- Vehicles, machines etc.
kai 階 —- The floor of a building
ken 件 —- Houses, buildings
soku 足 —- Pairs of footwear: sock, shoes, etc.
tsuu 通 —- Letters
What? I can’t believe there are so many distinctions.
How will I ever remember?