Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fact of the Day: Strange Nickname For America


In Japanese the "regular" name for America is Amerika and is spelled in Katakana like this アメリカ. However Japan also uses the Kanji 

米国 

which is pronounced Beikoku


What does that mean exactly? Well the character on the right means "country", and the one on the left means "rice". So if you can put two and two together, you should know what that literally means. Doesn't make sense? Well when Japan first started interacting with the United States we used to ship them enormous amounts of rice as part of economic trade. Now it makes sense.

7 comments:

rose japan said...

HI Adam thanks for visit,if you want to look there is music now hugs....oh that's right katakana
rose japan

RCB said...

I had no idea. This is the first thing I've learned today, Adam. You take good care now.

RCB said...

P.S. How come you don't have any problems with the new threaded comments?

Anonymous said...

hahaha then what do theyy call norway? viking land? ;p

norbi_nw said...

that means amercans are ricers :D

noura. said...

shit that's cool!

Teddi said...

where the hey does rice grow in amerika, ;) for us to ship it to them? did i misunderstand that?