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What Japanese words become the most popular in the world and why?

New Japanese word confidently enters into everyday English and other European languages. Many of these words are not already in English dictionaries, however, on the Internet sites you will quickly find an explanation of their meaning.

Simply open the web search engine Google, typing the word “kawaii” (“cute”), “etty” (“indecent”), “otaku” (“fanatic”), “Asuna” (“beautiful young girl”) or “onigiri” (rice balls), and you will get many options, explain the meaning of these words.

So why are these words so deeply penetrated into European languages? One reason lies in the extraordinary worldwide popularity of Japanese animation that is characterized by brilliance, originality, graphics and live characters.

Rompani of Santiago, a fourth-year student at Yale University, is an ardent admirer of Japanese animation. He says he never studied the Japanese language, but knows how to say in Japanese, “left”, “right” and “center”. These words he involuntarily remembered, when I started to watch Japanese cartoons with English subtitles.

A number of words heard in Japanese cartoons so often that Yale society of animation even opened the webpage “100 most common Japanese words” that can be heard in almost every cartoon. This list even included such words as “abi” (“miserable”) and “naruto” (“really?”). To the list of words attached and detailed explanation of the use of Japanese pronouns.

Internet data show an extraordinary interest in the Japanese language cartoons and comics. Google gives about 30 million variants on the word “manga” (“comics”) and 27 million variants on the word “easy” (“perversion”). The word “kawaii” the site offers more than 280 thousand variants.

Compared to 30 million variants on the word “Bush” and 56.4 million variants on the word “President” it’s quite good.

According to the spreading abroad of Japanese animation and computer video games company Tokyopop, the average annual sales of the Japanese animation industry is $ 500 million and increasing annually by 10-20%. And even the turnover of the Japanese comics market, amounting to 150 million dollars over the past two years has doubled.

Vice-President Steve Tokyopop for the KP says that a sharp increase in demand for Japanese products was due to children and teenagers who are familiar with Japanese animation and comic books through TV programs, video games and the Internet. The most popular Japanese comics “Shonen Jump” already published in English version in the amount of 540 thousand copies.

One 33-year-old screenwriter from Los Angeles, said that despite the fact that in Japan comic books and animations often look down and think their culture “second class”, European audiences to Japanese products contains a lot of valuable.

“for Example, in Japanese cartoons and comics even in the worst of heroes awakening the conscience and the desire to do good deeds. All the characters in the cartoons and comics have a complex and contradictory character, and their stories look natural and attractive. This is the creativity of the Japanese,” he says.

Thanks to animation and comic books has changed the very perception of Japan by the Americans. From a heartless and inhuman country during the Second world war and the economic giant of the 1980s that threatened America, Japan turned into a “wonderful and very interesting country.”

“Approximately 80-90% of students studying in secondary schools in the USA Japanese, fans of Japanese cartoons and comics”, says Takashi Imai, Director of the center for Japanese language Japan Foundation organizations in Los Angeles.

13-year-old girl sat on the floor of the Central bookstore in Los Angeles and began to closely examine Japanese comics. She already prefers the heroes of Japanese comics Western.

“Heroes of American comics too rough, she says. – When I look at Japanese comics, I have never been bored. But I am sorry that I can’t read Japanese”.


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