Lyon College Japanese Newsletter

January 2004                                                          Vol. 2, No

I am happy to present for the second year the Japanese newsletter from Lyon College.  This edition of the newsletter includes 12 compositions in Japanese written in fall 2003 by the students taking the first semester of Beginning Japanese or Intermediate Japanese.  Questions and comments regarding the newsletter or the Japanese program at Lyon College can be directed to:            


Mieko Uchida Peek

Instructor of Japanese Language and Literature

Table of Contents

Introduction by Mieko U. Peek  

Japan Lecture Series

Community International Night

Winners of the Japanese Composition Presentation Held on Dec. 4, 2003

わたしのまい日 (My Daily Life) by Matt Bradley    

わたしのがくせいせいかつ (My Student Life) by Garrard Conley

わたしのまい日 (My Everyday) Cody Cox

わたしのまい日 (My Everyday) by Jesse Crafton 

はじめまして (How Do You Do?) by Tristen Dean   

わたしのがくせいせいかつ (My Student Life) by Charles Holloway 

わたしのまい日 (My Every Day Life) by Eric Richardson    

わたしのがくせいせいかつ (My Student Life)) by Tracy Turner   

わたしのまい日 (My Daily Life) by Paul Bube 

日本語がすきです (I Love Japanese) by Juan Herrera   

アニメ (Anime) by Alex Kimball    

日本への旅行けいかく (Trip Plan to Japan) Kent Runnells 


Winners of the Japanese Composition Presentation Held on Dec. 4, 2003

Japanese 101

First place: Tristen Dean

Second place: Matt Bradley, Charles Holloway

Third place: Dr. Paul Bube

Japanese 201

First place: Not applicable

Second place: Juan Herrera, Kent Runnells     

Third place: Alex Kimball




Mieko U. Peek


This past semester I noticed a sign on the bulletin board in the computer lab with the words ďAll your base are belong to us.Ē  Since I was puzzled as to the meaning of this expression, I asked the students in my Japanese language class if they knew its meaning.  They informed me that the statement came from a popular video game from Japan. This incident reminded me of my prior experiences with the sometimes awkward and/or humorous use of English in Japan for promotional purposes.


There are several possible reasons for using English in the naming and promotion of new products.  First, the use of European languages gives the product a name and sound different from one presented in standard Japanese.  Second, most Japanese have some familiarity with English, as it is one of the required courses of study in Japanese junior high and high schools.  Third, the United States is one of Japanís largest trading partners. Thus, it should not come as any big surprise that the names of products produced in Japan and expressions that are part of Japanese pop culture often contain elements of English and Japanese.  The use of the word karaoke in the United States is a good example of the flip side of this process of internationalization of commerce and culture. 


Shortly after the above event, I was introduced to a Website,  This site is full of funny Japanized English expressions.  Since Japanese people have trouble pronouncing l and r, the web address became instead of English.  The site lists examples of funny usages of English in the naming of food products, clothing, games, and songs.  For example, frying pan becomes flying pan, and cram school becomes clam school.  However, the source of Japanized English is not limited to l/r sounds.  Another contributing factor is the over-reliance on dictionaries and related infrequent consultation with native speakers of English.  The result is the use of English in a context that produces an unintended meaning or set of cultural images.  You can check out the above Website for examples. 


I used to be somewhat critical of Japanese companies for the strange use of English on T-shirts and other products.  Currently, I view this distinctive use of English more positively.  After all, the product becomes well known because of these strange but funny names.  A sense of humor is often helpful in the learning of a foreign language.  In other words, I prefer a simplified and/or humorous introduction to English to the youth of Japan to no introduction at all.  From these reasons, I am no longer critical of Japanese English.  In fact, I now rather enjoy the way Japanese people maneuver the English language.  Or maybe I am trying to justify my own periodic mistakes in English usage.


Japan Lecture Series 


The 2003-2004 Japan Lecture Series began on September 25 with a presentation by Dr. Sidney Brown, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Oklahoma.  Dr. Brownís talk was entitled ďTokyo as the Eastern Jazz CapitalĒ. He spoke on the introduction of jazz to Japan, how jazz was affected by the Pacific War, and its continuing popularity in Japan. 


On October 28, Dr. Neill McFarland from Southern Methodist University discussed ďDaruma: Japan's Seriocomic SaintĒ.  Through numerous slides, Dr. McFarland showed how Buddhism has permeated Japanese society since it was introduced in the 6th century.


On Feb. 5 2004, Dr. David Matsumoto from San Francisco State University presented data challenging the stereotypical images of Japanese found in Western and Japanese scholarly works on Japanese society.

Our last lecture series guest is Dr. Mark Ravina from Emory University.  He will be on the Lyon campus on March 18 to talk about the  ďThe End of the Samurai Class.Ē


The Japan Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from the Freeman Foundation.  Planning for next yearís lecture series will begin shortly, so please let Mieko Peek know what topics you would like to see discussed in the coming year. 


Community International Night


The sixth International Night took place at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville on January 24th.  Students of Japanese at Lyon College participated in the program for the second year.  They demonstrated Japanese tongue twisters and encouraged audience participation.  The students also set up a table where adults and children could observe and experience Japanese crafts, calligraphy, and games.  Lyon students of Japanese will participate in Community International Night again in 2005, which will be held on the Lyon College campus.       













My Daily Life

Matt Bradley


            My name is Matt Bradley.  I am a student of Lyon College.  My major is Computer Science.

            I usually get up at 7:00.  At 7:30 I sometimes eat breakfast.  At 8:00, I go to class.

           I always eat dinner at about 4:30.  At 5:00 I study.  I watch T.V. at 5:30.  Everyday I listen to music.  I read a book at 10:00.  At 11:00 I go to bed.  I go home on the weekends.

            I have a television in my room.  There is a computer on my desk.  There are books under my telephone.  I have a chair in my room.  There is a desk, also in my room.

            I studied Japanese yesterday.  I just watched television.  Yesterday I ate breakfast.  I did not go to the park today.

            I eat hamburgers often.  Everyday I watch Dragonball.  Today, I didnít eat breakfast.  I ate dinner today.  Tomorrow there is no class.

            My college life is good.  It is nice to meet you.  Thank you very much.












My College Life

Garrard Conley


I am Garrard Conley.  I am a freshman at Lyon College.  I am 18 years old. My major is English.

            I get up at 7:00. I read the newspaper in the morning. Sometimes I eat breakfast in the morning. I often go to the library to study. I drink coffee. At 8:00 I go to class. I often study in the library. I listen to music every night. Sometimes I talk to my friends. I go to bed at 11:00.

            Yesterday I did not study Japanese.  I did not eat lunch.  I saw a movie a little while ago.  Saturday I drank water.  I did not drink alcohol at a restaurant Sunday.

            Over there is the television. I do not have a tape.  That is my house.  I do not have a watch over there.  I have a magazine. 

            I speak Japanese and English.  I went Kyoto and Osaka.  I bought a pair of shoes.  I waited for Takeshi for an hour over there.  I went to a party, too.  I also went to Okinawa.  Nice to meet you!










My Everyday

Cody Cox


How do you do? I am Cody Cox. I am a student at Lyon College. I am a freshman. My major is English. I am 18 years old.

            I wake up at 7 oíclock. I donít eat breakfast.  I go to bed at 1.  I donít drink coffee. I study every evening.  I speak Japanese.  I seldom go home. I play tennis every day. I go to parties. I play Scrabble.

            I do not have a television. I have a desk in my room.  I have a computer on my desk. I have a chair next to my desk.  I donít have a cat. I have shoes.

            I studied Japanese at 2 yesterday.  I ate supper at 5.  I went to bed at 1.  I didnít study history yesterday.  I didnít go home last week.  I did tennis tournament.  I won.

            I will go home next week.  I will see my mother, father, and siblings.













My Everyday

Jesse Crafton


My name is Jesse Crafton.  I am a student of Lyon College.  Iím 18 years old.  My major is History.  I am American.  On Saturday I wake up at 10:00. On Saturday I go home.  I am in my first year.

I usually study at home.  My major is History. 

            I donít have a television in my room.  I donít have a computer in my room.  I donít have a VCR in my room.  I have a dictionary in my room. I have a pencil in my room.

            I didnít eat breakfast today.  I ate dinner yesterday.  I went to the park yesterday.  I went to class yesterday, too. 

I watch Dragonball.  Sometimes I go to a coffee shop.  I usually drink coffee.  I speak Japanese and English.  I read the newspaper in the morning. I sometimes watch television.













Nice to Meet You

Tristen Dean


            How do you do? My name is Tristen Dean. I am a student at Lyon College. Iím currently a freshman. History is my major. Iím nineteen years old.

            Everyday at seven oíclock I awaken. I eat breakfast everyday at seven thirty. I usually drink green tea. I read the newspaper. Everyday at 11:30 I eat lunch. At 5:30 I eat dinner. At eleven oíclock I go to bed. I study Japanese everyday. I sometimes watch television. I often listen to music. I have never drunk sake. I sometimes watch movies. Everyday I go to a cafť. Sometimes I go to the library.

            I sometimes play tennis. I often play cricket.

I donít have a television. So I usually watch movies in the library. Last weekend I watched a movie.  Last weekend I also went to a restaurant. And then I drank coffee.

            There is a bookstore near the restaurant. But there are no magazines in the bookstore. There are many books in the bookstore.

            There are no Japanese temples in town.  There are no Japanese restaurants in town. So I donít eat very much sushi, sashimi, or tempura.

            I donít have a cat in my dorm. But at my house I have cats.












My Student Life

Charles Holloway


            I am Charles Holloway. I am a college student at Lyon College.  I am currently a first-year student. I am majoring in music. I am 18 years of age.

            Everyday I listen to music. I also study music at the library. I read a magazine everyday while Iím there. On the weekend I wake up at seven oíclock. I then watch television. I eat breakfast. I study Japanese every night.

            I donít drink sake or alcohol. I speak Japanese everyday. I go home every night.

            Yesterday, I met up with my friends at about one oíclock and we ate lunch. I didnít eat breakfast that day. At about two oíclock we went shopping. We took pictures. I bought shoes.

            In my room I have a picture on top of my desk. There is also a souvenir on top of my desk. To the right of my desk there is a television. There are CDs on top of the television. There are movies inside of the VCR. Student Life is Good! 












My Every Day Life

Eric Richardson


            My name is Eric. I am a student at Lyon College. My Major is Computer Science. I am a second year student. I am nineteen years old.

            I get up at 8:00 every day. I usually go to class at 9:00. I often listen to the teacher. I eat lunch at 12:00 every day. I usually drink water.

I sometimes read Japanese. I donít understand much Japanese. I canít write much Japanese. I speak English every day. I study at 1:00 every day. I sometimes watch a movie on the weekend. I donít go home much. I donít study much on the weekend. I go to sleep at 2:00 every night. I donít sleep much.

            I have a desk in my room. There is a computer on the desk. Inside the desk there is a pen. There is a TV near the desk. Next to the TV is my friendís computer.

            I did not go home last weekend. I did not speak Japanese last weekend. I spoke English yesterday. I did not eat fish last week. I listened to music last week. It was nice to meet you.












My College Life

Tracy Turner


 I am a sophomore at Lyon College.  My major is computer.  I am twenty years old. I donít eat breakfast much.  I sometimes eat lunch and dinner.  

I get up at seven oíclock A.M.  I study in the library on Sundays.  I go to class in the morning.  I go to Japanese class on Monday.  I also go to science class and computer class on Monday.  I go to history and math class on Tuesday and Thursday.  I donít go to sleep at one oíclock A.M. 

There is a science exam on Friday.  There will not be Japanese class on Friday.  I donít have to go to class on Saturday.  I sometimes watch movies on Saturdays.  I went to a party on Saturday.  I stayed at the party for about two hours.  I took some pictures.  I did not drink alcohol.  I came home at twelve oíclock A.M.

I do homework everyday.  I donít read book much.  I listen to music all the time.  I watch television at the time.  I donít have time to study. 

I donít have a bicycle. There is a television in my dormitory.    There is a computer in my dormitory.    There is a VCR .    There is a desk.    There are some photographs.

 It is nice to meet you.  Thank you very much.   










どうぞよろしく。 ありがとうございました。


My Daily Life

Paul Bube


I teach Religion at Lyon College. I teach three classes. I am studying Japanese. In May, I am going to Kyoto.

At five-thirty, I get up. I eat breakfast at six-thirty. I drink coffee. I do not drink tea. I go to Lyon College at seven-thirty. Usually I talk to students. Yesterday, I read a Japanese magazine. I do not listen to Japanese tapes.

There is a clock in my office. The clock is near my desk. There are many books. Three pictures are there. I meet students in my office.

Yesterday, I bought a hamburger. Saturday, I ate spaghetti. Friday, I ate pizza. Thursday, I ate pizza. I do not eat Italian food everyday.

Now I understand Japanese a little. I read a little Japanese. I write that. Class is interesting. I study everyday. so, in May, I will speak a little Japanese in Japan.

Nice to meet you.












I Love Japanese.

Juan Herrera


            My name is Juan Herrera. I am an international student at Lyon College. I love the Japanese language and I love Japanese people. I think that out of all my classes Japanese language is the most interesting. But I am not very good at memorizing kanji. My teacher said that I needed to practice kanji every day. Next semester, I am planning to study the Japanese language again. I have grown fond of studying the Japanese language. Next year, I am planning to go to Japan. Next semester I am planning to get my airplane ticket from Little Rock to Osaka.

            I have never gone to Asia. But I have been to Europe and the Americas. I want to go to Asia, Australia, and Africa.

            In Osaka I will do such things as shopping and eating Japanese dishes. I want to eat with chopsticks.  I also want to drink sake.

            I have not bought a camera, because I do not have money. But I am planning to take pictures. I love taking pictures of foreign countries. At the temples I want to take a lot of pictures. Kent and I want to take pictures.  I want to buy something. I think I will buy a Daruma at a temple.

            My friend said that Japan is very interesting. I think my trip to Japan is going to be very fun.







私はまんがを読むのが好きです。アキラや 攻殻機動隊 を読んだことがあります。アキラは私の好きなまんがです。八十年だい、おともかつひろさんはアキラを書きました。アキラのえいがはアニメのえいがの中でいちばん上手だと思います。でも、しろまさむねさんは私の好きなまんがかです。 攻殻機動隊 を書きました。きれいな女の子のスケッチをするのが上手です。でも、 攻殻機動隊のえいがが好きじゃありません。まさむねさんはえいがのスクリプトを書かないから、えいがはおもしろくありません。まんがのほうがえいがよりいいです。





Alex Kimball


My name is Alex Kimball.  Iím a second year student at Lyon College.  Iím 19 years old and my major is English.  Over winter break, I intend to buy some anime and play RPGs.  I began to watch anime when I was in high school. I like some Japanese anime, but, because some are boring and childish, I donít like others.

            Last month, I went buy a new anime, but Suncoast didnít have any good ones.  My very favorite anime are the Universal Century Gundam series.  Yoshiyuki Tomino was the director.  He was a genius.   Tomino has said that he hates Gundam Wing, which is why I also donít care for it.  I like Zeta Gundam a lot more than Wing.  Because it is a sci-fi epic, I think that Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam is out of all anime television series one of the best.  I intend to buy Zeta Gundam next month.

   I enjoy reading manga.  ďAkiraĒ and ďGhost in the ShellĒ*[ďAttack Shell Riot SquadĒ was the original title in Japanese, but was dropped for the English release] are two that I have read.  Akira is my favorite comic.  In the 1980s, Katsuhiro Otomo wrote Akira.  In my opinion, the movie of Akira was one of the greatest anime movies of all time.  Shiro Masamune, however, is my favorite comic book artist.  He wrote ďGhost in the Shell.Ē  Heís very good at drawing pretty girls.  I did not like the movie of ďGhost in the Shell.Ē  Because Shiro Masamune did not write the movie, it was not very funny.  The comic was much better than the movie.

  It is my dream to someday go to Japan to meet Tomino or Masamune.  Because I donít have any money, however, Iíll have to stay here.  






来年の五月、私は日本に行くつもりです。ビュービ先生と学生四人も行きます。みなさんは日本語がわかりません。日本語がわかる人はビュービ先生とオワンさんと私です。日本語を勉強するのが好きだから、日本でたくさん日本語を話すつもりです。私はまだ旅行について何も知りません。でも、ビュービ先生は 飛行機 で東京に行くと言っていました。

私たちは日本に 神道 を勉強しに行きます。 神社 の中で、いせが 一番`好きになると思います。ひろしまのほうが大さかよりおもしろいと思います。私はおもしろいと思いますから、ひろしまに行きたいです。


女子 学生は一人です。大きいかばんを持っていきたいと言っていました。でも、大きいのを持っていってはいけません。私はシャツを十まいだけ持っていくつもりですから、私のかばんは小さいです。私はどこかにだるまを買いに行きたいです。でも、たくさんおみやげを買うのがきらいです。




How the Japanese Trip Will Be

Kent Runnells


            Next May, I intend to go to Japan.  Dr. Bube and four students are also going.  Everyone does not understand Japanese.  The people that understand Japanese are Dr. Bube, Juan, and myself.  Since I enjoy studying Japanese, I intend to speak Japanese a lot in Japan.  I donít know anything about the trip yet.  But, Dr. Bube said that we are traveling by plane to Tokyo. 

            We are going to Japan to study Shinto.  Between all of the shrines, I think that Ise will be the one I like the most.  I think that Hiroshima is more interesting than Osaka.  I want to go to Hiroshima because I think it is so interesting. 

            I have never been to Japan.  In Japan I intend to speak Japanese with the Japanese people, eat Japanese food, etc.  I am going to Tokyo to buy anime and manga. 

            Only one female student is going.  She said that she wants to bring a large bag.  However, she may not bring a large one.  Since my bag is small, I intend to bring only ten shirts.  I want to go somewhere to buy a daruma figure.  However, I donít like to buy a lot of souvenirs. 

            I havenít bought a Japanese map yet.  I donít know anywhere that there is a map.  I intend to go to Little Rock to buy a map. 

            I am looking forward to the trip.  I think it will be very interesting!