手 does not mean hand!

If I told you that 手(て) in Japanese doesn’t mean ‘hand’ in English, would you believe me? Actually it’s true. 手(て) has its own definition in Japanese that in most cases is conveniently translated as ‘hand’. But what if I were to instruct you to 手(て)を伸(の)ばして? If you are able to, I want you to perform that action now. If you extended your arm, then give yourself a pat on the back. In this case 手(て) doesn’t mean ‘hand’, it means ‘arm’. In fact it has two meanings. One is the area from the tips of your fingers to your wrist. The other is from the tips of your fingers to your shoulder. Both of these areas can be called 手(て) depending on the usage. Read more

Sign up for Mid-Year Dinner 2009

The Mid-Year Conference is coming up and you know what that means… all FuJETS get to reunite!

After the first day of the conference (November 26), we’ll be heading to the Asahi Beer Factory. What’s on the table? Two hours of nomihoudai (all-you-can-drink, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) as you feast over all-you-can-eat Genghis Khan-style BBQ. For vegetarians, we’ll set you up with a vegetarians-only table. Read more