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Thursday, January 14, 2010



いいわけん Excuse Dog¹ April 2009 San-X PDF

Iiwaken makes up excuses for his owner who oversleeps. "Iiwaken" is probably a shiba inu.² He lives with his owner who is a salaryman.³ His owner, who tends to overleep, is always late to work. For the sake of his owner, "Iiwaken" began to make up and deliver "excuses." Because he loves his owner, he delivers the excuses even on rainy days and windy days!

いいわけんは,ネボウしたご主人のかわりに言い訳をしてくれます.「いいわけん」は,たぶん,しばいぬです.サラリーマンのご主人とくらしています.ネボ ウぐせのあるご主人は,まいにち,会社にチコクします.そんなご主人のために,「いいわけん」が代わりに「いいわけ」を届けるようになりました. ご主人が大好きだから雨の日も風の日もいいわけ届けます!

Excuse Dog

Goshujin ga maiasa houri nageru mezamashi
The alarm clock that is chucked away by his owner every morning


Translation Notes
  1. In Japanese, "iiwake" means "excuse" and "ken" means "dog." The words have been combined to create a pun.
  2. The Shiba Inu (柴犬) is the smallest of the six original and distinct breeds of dog from Japan. A small, agile dog that copes very well with mountainous terrain, the Shiba Inu was originally bred for hunting. It is similar in appearance to the Akita, though much smaller in stature. "Inu" means dog and the word shiba means "brushwood" in Japanese, and refers to a type of tree or shrub whose leaves turn red in the fall. Wikipedia: Shiba inu
  3. Salaryman (サラリーマン) refers to someone whose income is salary based; particularly those working for corporations. Its frequent use by Japanese corporations, and its prevalence in Japanese manga and anime has gradually led to its acceptance in English-speaking countries as a noun for a Japanese white-collar businessman. The word can be found in many books and articles pertaining to Japanese culture. Immediately following World War II, becoming a salaryman was viewed as a gateway to a stable, middle-class lifestyle. In modern use, the term carries associations of long working hours, low prestige in the corporate hierarchy, absence of significant sources of income other than salary, wage slavery, and karōshi. The term salaryman refers almost exclusively to males. Wikipedia: Salaryman

1 comment:

  1. Iiwaken is so cute. I love him. Kawaiiunicorn.com xxx