Know Your Picture Characters Entry #30

November 8th, 2010 by Wordsman

A. 川崎 B. 東芝 C. 日産 D. 任天堂 E. 日立 F. 本田 G. 三菱

Before we dive into this, it was brought to my attention that I did not explain all the choices in the puzzle from two weeks ago.  I thought that I had covered them over the course of the entry, but apparently one or two got left out.  So, the answers to the historical period puzzle were: A. Edo B. Kamakura C. Jomon D. Nara E. Heian F. Muromachi.

Now let’s get to work.  Our first guess, as always, came from Dragon, who identified E as Honda.  She felt that the character on the left represented a window, and cars have windows, and Honda makes cars, ergo, E is Honda.  It was a good plan, except that she made the fatal mistake of assuming that the kanji for “window” looks anything at all like a window.  But even if that were not the case, could it not also have been Toshiba?  They make computers with Windows.  Get it?  Get it?  Anyway, E is Hitachi, a company that does not make cars but does make something even cooler: bullet trains (and yes, they do have windows).

Next up was Theoman, who immediately spotted B as Toshiba.  We can’t even be mad at him, though, for we know that his long struggles as the owner of a Toshiba-made laptop must have given him infinite familiarity with the company, a familiarity that I am certain bred a fair amount of contempt.  “Know thine enemy,” said Sun Tzu, or one of those guys; now Theoman knows their name.  A Fan, on the other hand, owns a Honda (and a Toshiba computer), so it would seem like he was ideally positioned to sweep this puzzle.  But he made the curious choice of D, implying that his Honda had a wide enough front seat to fit two humans and a large dog.  While we can give him minor points because the character in the middle is somewhat similar to the one for dog, his theory falls short.  The characters actually represent him and his wife playing a game on the Nintendo Wii, with the dog lying between them in the most inconvenient position possible to prove how much he loves them.  D is Nintendo.

Our final contestant was Shirley, who went for G.  She had the right idea but the wrong corporation.  There were in fact three car companies on the list: C, Nissan, which nobody was interested in; G, Mitsubishi, which might be better for cruising down a two-lane highway than your stereotypical Honda; and F, the elusive Honda itself, with that “window” on the right side.  As we all know, windows are the defining feature of an automobile.  Just ask A Fan’s dog.

This week’s You Forgot About Poland Award goes to A, Kawasaki.  What have they ever done for us?

But after all that work, you must be exhausted.  Isn’t it time for a break?  Luckily for you, the upcoming puzzle is about holidays.  You get to learn all about the days that the Japanese get to take off but we don’t.  Theoman’s task will be to locate Constitution Memorial Day, while the rest of you can concentrate on Coming of Age Day.

A. 敬老の日 B. 建国記念の日 C. 憲法記念日 D. 成人の日

E. 体育の日 F. 天皇誕生日

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5 Responses

  1. TheomanZero Says:

    As I’ve mentioned before, Social Studies aren’t my strong suit, so I don’t know much about political holidays. That said, I do see a repeated pair of characters in B and C (besides the “day” at the end), and I know the Japanese like remembering things, so I’m guessing that’s “memorial”. I also recognize the character for “country” in B, and Constitutions are pretty important to countries, so my guess is B.

  2. A Fan Says:

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the thing at the end that looks like an end table is either “day” or “holiday,” probably the former.

    Do I get partial credit for that?

    Anyway, I’m a big believer in holidays, even seijin no hi, which we don’t have in my country.

    Therefore, I decided to get one right for once. SPOILER ALERT:

    It’s D, because that’s what it was when I Googled it.

    My wife and I would debate over whether I “cheated” or simply “did research.” I’ll let the Wordsman decide.

  3. Shirley Says:

    WHOA!!!That’s a lot of characters for the only one of us who has had no contact at all with Japanese writing except what I got from the WW., excellent though it may be.

    However, never daunted, I will take a stab at it. A., E. and D are the simplest, so I’m thinking the longer kanji, B., C. and F, must be national holidays which require more explanation. A., E. and D. must be the important days in a life. The least complicated is D. which would be the day of birth because nothing much has happened at that point. (the mother would probably not agree.) I’m calling A. the day of death because the first character is definitely alarming. That leaves E. the Coming of Age Day.

  4. Shirley Says:

    As is my method, I have not read the previous comments until after I submitted my own. I now see that A Fan GOOGLED the answer with intent to cheat, and I just want to remind him and WW. that when I INADVERTENTLY stumbled on the correct name of a city, I was looking the city up on a map to find clues. No intent!!

  5. Scott, aka Ichiro Says:

    Ooh, I know! I have good memories of “D” from when we were in Okayama–seriously, who knew that japanese youngsters played pingpong for national sports day?!

    And opposite of okayama-yamaoka sensei also mentioned ‘respect geezers’ day in class, which is becoming ever more important in Japan.

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