From the NYT, the top Japanese buzzwords of 2010. I’m hugely fond of “Now I’m at a coffee shop” and may add that to all sentences in future. Mind you, “muen syakai” is amazing and heartbreaking at same time.[-]
???? (GeGeGe no) | A nickname for [manga artist] Shigeru Mizuki.
???????? (That’s a good question…) | A catch phrase from a popular journalist, Akira Ikegami who asks celebrities their views on hot topics.
???? (Ikumen) | A new popular word for a man who raises kids.
AKB48 | 48-member all-girl idol group.
??? (Jyoshikai) | Used for when a group of girls go drinking together.
??? (Datsu Ozawa) | Influence generated from politician Ichiro Ozawa.
?????? (Taberu raayu) | Munchable chili oil.
??????? (Totonoimashita) | A comedian’s catchphrase.
??? (~nau) Now | Added to the end of sentences, especially in twitter. “??????????” – “Now I’m at a coffee shop.”
???? (Muen Syakai) | “Public without family relations,” referring to the scandal where many Japanese over 100 years old turned out to have died long ago and no-one had known, as well as child abuse scandals and more.