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Famous Japanese People

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series Best of AJATT+ Forum

Rigabamboo here with part two of the Best of AJATT+ forum series.

Once again, I find myself introducing a post by ダンちゃん. In fact, I’m just going to steal his words:

Think about how cool it would be to know all the big names that Japanese people know.

Pretty darn cool, right?

This forum post contains several pages (currently 9 and still going strong) of big names in Japan. Celebrities, historical figures, whatever – people that the average Japanese person has heard of, from Natsume Soseki to Jinnai Tomonori. Each one has an English explanation and then several related Japanese links. Check it out –  skim through it, watch some video links, and read parts that catch your eye. Know a Japanese person that hasn’t been posted about? Add your own post!

Here’s one of my favorites. Soooo cuuuuuute.  可愛くて死にそぉぉぉ !


森迫永依  もりさこえい  (1997-)

The youngest person on this list so far, 森迫泳依 was born in 97, and has been on TV since age 4. I know her from the 2006 ちびまる子ちゃんスペシャル, which was orignally filmed in celebration of 15 years of ちびまる子 anime production (excellent show! desperately taped it on VHS when I was in Japan on holiday. The jokes are quite snappy). While it was supposed to be broadcast in ’05, they had trouble finding the right cast, but through perseverence they came up with an amazing bunch. 森迫 herself was cast as まる子 out of 500 applicants. Not only very cute, but an excellent actor. She really makes the show (the other casting is also impeccable though. 高橋克実 is great as the father, and モト冬樹 as the grandfather is a blast).  For those of you who don’t know about ちびまる子, it kind of ranks up there with サザエさん as a long running manga that crossed over to anime which is aimed at a family audience. Every kid has seen it at some point. The setting is 1980s 昭和時代, and is actually based somewhat around the writers own childhood.


ちびまる子ちゃんスペシャル – looks like its on the tube! get it while it’s there!…


おどるポンポコリン - アニメの主題歌…


ちびまる子ちゃん - オフィシャルサイト


日本郵便 CM 「書く人」 森迫永依篇…..MbFjPnWODQ






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  3 comments for “Famous Japanese People

  1. Jordan Johnson
    October 2, 2011 at 05:10

    I cant really understand what the people are saying just yet but the this show is too funny 

  2. ダンちゃん
    October 2, 2011 at 10:01

    Make an SRS deck for famous people. Face on the front, first part of the wiki entry on the back. If you have anki on your iPhone you have a great party trick getting people to guess names to faces!

    • October 3, 2011 at 11:40

      I have mine make two cards, one with just the face and one with the name as well. First one is to just say the name, second is to read the name. Helps a good bit with learning to read family names and the more devious first names.

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