Definition: Benjo Meshi, Ohitorisama, Solo Date

Some Japanese terms and concepts today for Valentine’s Day, in case you’re not celebrating with a partner, or perhaps know someone who isn’t.

May I also remind you that there has been more people not in a relationship than there are in the world for a few years now. Single is actually the norm!

Had to break one tweet into several posts so as not to overload with terms in one post. I like to keep it at 3 terms max per post.

 

Benjo Meshi

Japanese for “toilet lunch”, which is the practice of eating lunch alone in a toilet to avoid being seen without a friend

 

Ohitorisama

Japanese for “party of one” that is a new movement where people boldly choose to do things alone regardless of others’ opinion

 

Solo Date

Date with yourself, or going out on your own by choice, that is a movement now (also look up “self-partnered” as a single status from Emma Watson)

 

The Music of Lubomyr Melnyk

Through 2016, I’ve been slowly discovering the music of Lubomyr Melnyk¬†on Accuradio, my favourite online radio source (free), via their solo piano channels. Melnyk is a German born Canadian composer of Ukrainian origin who plays “continuous music” on solo piano (mostly). A link to the term in the previous sentence will explain what it is to you technically, by Melnyk himself, as I’m not nearly qualified enough as a musician to explain it. All I know is I LOVE it! It reminds me of Phillip Glass’ music (Glassworks), though I don’t know if the two were that much similar. They just sound similar to me, and similarly great!

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Congratulations to Japanese Women for Winning Soccer World Cup Finals 2011

Congratulations to the Japanese women soccer team for winning the 2011 FIFA World Cup in soccer!

They fought courageously, coming back from a goal down twice reasonably late in the game to tie it 2-2 in extra time. Then they won it decisively on in penalty kicks, not needing to finish the set to win it 3-1, becoming the first Asian soccer World Cup champions. Absolutely true to their underdog label to the very end!

The US may have seemed to have dominated play, with 27 shots to a dozen or so by the Japanese. However, it was all an illusion. The Japanese had more shots on goal than the US, at 6-5. The Japanese also had the ball 53% of the time.

The US was the flashier team, but the Japanese was the more consistent team.

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