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dr bartolo
829860.  Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:30 am Reply with quote

It is often said that China is the only country who's name is interchabgeable with it's principal export.

However, there is one one more example, namely Japan

"Japan" is aonther word for laquerware, (although this use is a bit outdated)

 
rewboss
829863.  Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:50 am Reply with quote

If that's so, we might have to include Jersey.

 
dr bartolo
829868.  Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:54 am Reply with quote

that said, what about "Tripoli" not only the Libyan captial, but a sort of powder used for polishig things, often found alongside the Japan?

 
soup
829870.  Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:03 pm Reply with quote

rewboss wrote:
If that's so, we might have to include Jersey.


Isn't Jersey's principal export flowers?

 
rewboss
829884.  Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:40 pm Reply with quote

soup wrote:
rewboss wrote:
If that's so, we might have to include Jersey.


Isn't Jersey's principal export flowers?


Probably. But isn't Japan's principal export cartoon characters with big eyes?

 
Ian Dunn
829895.  Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:51 pm Reply with quote

rewboss wrote:
Probably. But isn't Japan's principal export cartoon characters with big eyes?


I wouldn't say that it is their main export. Having said that I am a fan of anime and manga and know quite a few interesting things and links, and thus have some ideas for some quite interesting questions. For example:

Quote:
Q: Name a place which would make this quintet feel welcome.







Klaxon: Catford; Catterick; Catalonia; Kathmandu; Battersea

A: Tashiro Island


The characters pictured are Ichihgo Momomiya from Tokyo Mew Mew; Natsuki Sasahara from Hyper Police; Leonmitchelli Galette des Rois from Dog Days; Schrödinger from Hellsing, and Nuku Nuku from All Purpose Cultural Catgirl Nuku Nuku.

They are all examples of a nekomimi (the word literary translates as "cat ears"), or neko for short. In the West they are commonly known as catgirls and catboys. They are a common stock character in manga and anime. Most of them are female, have pointy cat ears and tails, and sometimes fangs and claws. Nekomimi form a larger group of known as kemonomimi ("animal ears") which cover all animals in a similar style. For example Dog Days also features doggirls, dogboys, and rabbitgirls.

Nuku Nuku is an oddity however, as she is actually a robot powered by a cat's brain, but she does have robotic cat ears that pop out. Of all five of those characters, only Schrödinger is a catboy. He is also a Nazi, who wears a Hitler Youth uniform, who like Schrödinger's cat only exist so long as he is aware of himself. As a result, he can only he harmed or killed if he believes he has been harmed or killed.

In terms of where they would like to visit, probably the best bet would be Tashiro Island, commonly known as Tashirojima or "Cat Island". It is located off the north-east coast of Japan, quite near the city of Ishinomaki, about 50km east of Sendai. The island gets its nickname because the place is full of stray cats.

The island is home at least 100 people, most of whom are elderly. The island is about 8 square miles in size. The residents use the huge number of cats as a reason for tourists to visit it. There is a shrine devoted to cats, there cat-shaped buildings, and dogs are strictly prohibited.

The island was very close to the epicentre of the recent earthquake and tsunami, but the island survived them both. The Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support posted on Facebook shortly after the quake: "The people and cats are safe but short of food. A volunteer looked into transporting food by boat, but there is too much debris in the water. A helicopter is the only way. The army will probably get a helicopter ready soon so we are looking into the possibility of asking them to take cat food too."

There are other places called Cat Island. One is in Mississippi, which was home to a quite interesting World War Two dog training school. During the war a Swiss refugee called William Prestre claimed that he could train dogs to smell out and target people of Japanese ancestry. In October 1942, 25 US Army soldiers of Japanese ancestry went sent on a top secret mission to nearby Ship Island. Every day they would travel to Cat Island, help "train" the dogs for four hours and return to Ship Island where they would have the rest of the day off, so it was quite a sweet job.

The training took the form of three stages. Firstly was to sniff out the right people. This was done by getting the "trainers" to stand somewhere and get the dogs to come towards them. When the dogs went up to them they got food. This was done over a period of four months, but in the end the dogs just figured out who was carrying the food. The second step was to get the dog to attack, which was carried out when a trainer shouted "Kill 'em". If the dog got friendly it was whipped. Thirdly, the dog was trained to hide. The plan not surprisingly failed to work and Prestre was fired in February 1943.

Another Cat Island is part of the Bahamas. It is home to Mount Alvernia, the country’s highest peak, which stands at a height of 206 feet.

Sources: Discovery News; Tofugu 1, 2 and 3; The Hawai'i Nisei Story 1 and 2; The Islands of the Bahamas.

 
Neotenic
831600.  Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:16 pm Reply with quote

Japan has more vending machines than any other country, with apparently one for every 23 people.

A selection

 
Ian Dunn
832678.  Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:20 am Reply with quote

Aya Sameshima and Karina Maruyama, two members of the Japanese women's football team that won the Women's World Cup yesterday, are former workers at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Source: The Independent

 
Zebra57
832681.  Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:44 am Reply with quote

dr bartolo wrote:
It is often said that China is the only country who's name is interchabgeable with it's principal export.

However, there is one one more example, namely Japan

"Japan" is aonther word for laquerware, (although this use is a bit outdated)


Possibly some time ago.

 
dr bartolo
832786.  Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:15 am Reply with quote

But you still hear it every now and then, like in 'pontypool japan' (a sort of laqured iron)

 
Emmyw1991
845150.  Sat Sep 10, 2011 4:37 pm Reply with quote

I recently learnt that in Japan some men/boys shave off all of their hair to apologise!

While some girls/women cut their hair after a break up!

Also, the first Geisha were actually men!

And, kareoka means "empty orchestra" in Japanese!

 
Jenny
845399.  Sun Sep 11, 2011 3:32 pm Reply with quote

I'd come across the last two things before but not the first two - how did you learn that, Emmyw1991?

And welcome to the QI forums :-)

 
nicholasjwest
845405.  Sun Sep 11, 2011 3:39 pm Reply with quote

There are 1,500 earthquakes per year and more than 70% of the country is mountainous.

 
dr bartolo
845715.  Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:07 am Reply with quote

When the portugese came over to japan, they naturally brought along many things, like their playing cards.*
the japanese copied them in earnest, and copy them they did...

the portugese callled the suits copas, ouros, paus and espadas

the japanese called the suits

Koppu, Ôru ,Pau and Isu

* the playing cards they brought along are of no relation to the common bridge deck, but the portuese national pattern, something entirely diffrent- for one, the deck had at most 48 cards.

 
redtomcat
845736.  Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:09 pm Reply with quote

Neotenic wrote:
Japan has more vending machines than any other country, with apparently one for every 23 people.

A selection


and you can buy some quite interesting stuff from vending machines
including one for ladies panties ...... allegedly.... but I've never seen one (the machine I mean)

 

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