Word for the Travel Wise (03/01/06)

After listening to pop-singer, Gwen Stefani croon tunes about the wicked fashion sense of Tokyo’s Harajuku girls all last year any fashion oriented person would have booked a first-class round trip flight to the area to check out all the hype. Aside from Gwen’s own ode to the area, Tyra Banks has done a great job exposing the extreme clothing style of the Japanese teenage culture in her show America’s Next Top Model. I’m sure you all follow Gwen and Tyra in depth, but in the event that you’ve found more productive ways to spend your primetime television watching hours and listen to sounds aside from the bubbly lyrics of Ms. Stefani you can check out more on Japan’s Harajuku Station and Takeshita Dori by clicking here. If you plan on meeting a friendly local in the area at some point in time you may wish to know this little jewel of information.

Today’s word is a Japanese phrase used in Japan:

Dewa mata
– see you later

Spoken Japanese comes smoothly for those who practice or submit themselves to hours of Japanese pop music, but either way one can learn this language in through several avenues. Japanese Online is a VERY good FREE site to start learning. They have audio and a great conversation lessons. The lessons get more in-depth as you become a registered user which is still free of charge. Takese.com has a list of over 2000 words worth checking out. Those on the road already may want to pick up the LP Japanese phrasebook or check into a school for a few weeks of learning. Study Abroad has a list of school located all over the country. If you’re seeking help with written Japanese best of luck to you!

Past Japanese words: hajimemashite