OLD MEN'S WAR
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akachochin. A neighborhood bar or pub. Means literally "red lantern", which is hung at the door to indicate such an establishment.

arigato gozaimasu. Thank you so much.

do itashimashite. You're welcome.

domo arigato gozaimasu. Thank you very much.

domo sumimasen. I'm sorry.

dozo yoroshiku. Pleased to meet you.

eigo wakarimasuka. Do you speak English?

gaijin. Foreign (non-Japanese).

ginko. Bank.

giri. Obligation.

Golden Week. A holiday week beginning on April 29, the Emperor's Birthday, which includes May Day and Children's Day.

gomen nasai. I'm sorry.

hai. Yes.

haragei. Gut feeling, instinct. More highly valued than logical deductions.

inch. An official seal.

kanpei. Health. A toast.

karaoke. A bar in which patrons can perform by singing to a musical accompaniment.

karoshi. Death from overworking, an occupational hazzard of salarymen.

keiretsu. Conglomerate.

kikoku shijo. A Japanese who has been living abroad and no longer "fits in" when he or she returns to Japan.

kissaten. Coffee shop.

kobun. Apprentice or disciple.

manshon. Luxury apartment.

matsuzaka. Prized beef which is fed beer and then massaged by hand to help evenly distribute the fat.

mizu shobai. The water trade, relating to bars and sopurando.

moshi moshi. Hello (for telephone).

moshiwake gazaimasen. I'm extremely sorry.

ogisan. Uncle.

ohayo gozaimasu.Good morning.

okasan. Mother.

oyabun. Master. Leader.

oyasuminasi. Good night.

rahu hoteru. A "love hotel", frequently themed, where couples can rent rooms by the hour.

rikutsuppoi. Argumentative. Overly logical.

ryogi. Meat filled dumplings, somewhat like ravioli.

sake. Rice-based liquor.

-san.Suffix attached to names indicating respect. Similar to Mr. or Mrs.

sarakin. Loan shark.

shitsurei shimasu. Good bye.

shoji. Sliding screen, covered with paper.

soba. Buckwheat noodles.

sokaiya. Gansters who extort payments from corporations by threatening to disrupt their annual shareholders meetings.

sopurando. Soapland. A bath house, where sexual services are also offered.

sumimasen. Excuse me.

sushi. Raw fish on a small mound of seasoned rice.

tasukete. Help.

tatami. Rice straw mat.

tonkatsu. Breaded and fried pork chop.

tsunami. Tidal wave.

udon. Wheat noodles.

wakarimasen. I don't understand.

yakitori. Food grilled on skewers.

yakuza. Japanese organized crime gang or a member of one.

yoroshiku onegai-shimasu. Please (used in a request).

yubitsume. The Yakuza custom of cutting off a joint of a finger to show loyalty or as an act of contrition.

yukata. Cotton bathrobe.