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Europe's Remnant of the Middle Ages - My Findings on Romania and the Romanian Language

December 26, 2016

Romanian Language and its Translation

Hello, I am Yosshi. I entered the translating business two years ago, dreaming of an international career. Since then, every day I keep discovering more about the ever-fascinating world of translation.

As a sports fan, the thing that came to mind when I thought of Romania was "Women's Gymnastics". However, as I got to know the country more, I realized that Romania, like the other East European countries, has a long history of domination by foreign powers. Today, in Japan, it is called "Yōroppa saigo no chūsei (Europe's Remnant of the Middle Ages)," and attracts many tourists from all over the world. Besides tourism, Romania has also been growing economically after joining the EU in 2007. There are now increasing business transactions between Romania and the world, and new businesses are popping up within the country as well.

Here are my findings on this country.


Movements in Greece: the Focus of the World

December 19, 2016

Greek Translation and European Economy

Hello, I am Yosshi. I entered the translating business two years ago, dreaming of an international career. Since then, every day I keep discovering more about the ever-fascinating world of translation.

In 2015, the Greek economy was gaining much attention from the world for its great influence on European economy. In order to understand these events in Greece, it is better to have mastered its language. However, my image of Greek was that it was difficult, to say the least. The way the English phrase "It's Greek to me" is used to mean "I don't understand at all" suggests that I am not the only one with this image.

In today's blog, I present my findings on the Greek language and its translation, which could be the keys to understanding Greek news and the current economy in Europe.

The Greek Crisis that Can't Be Overlooked

First, I would like to briefly summarize the economic problem in Greece that was attracting the world's attention.


Blue Cornflower (the "Kaiser's Flower"): Germany's Floral Emblem with Ties to Royalty

December 12, 2016

English, Japanese, German

Hello again, Naho here. When hot summer days simply don't seem to end, I do truly miss the cool, tranquil blue color.

The national flower of Germany epitomizes the finest blue. In all its elegance, the blue cornflower still has its secrets, as well as some hidden origins.

A Unique Arrow-Spoked Wheel Shape

The floral emblem of Germany is the beautiful cornflower with a refreshing blue color. In Japan, cornflowers are called Yagurumagiku ("Arrow-wheel Flower") because of their unique shape.

For those who are not familiar with the Japanese Yaguruma, or "Arrow-wheel", it is a pair of arrow-spoked wheels used as a decorative windmill on Children's Day (tango no sekku), usually with carp-shaped wind socks flown below it, called the koinobori' ("Carp Streamer"). If you have seen one of those in Japan, you would agree that the petals of a cornflower look just like the arrow-shaped spokes of a Yaguruma.


Poinsettia: More than Just a Christmas Ornament - The Surprising Meaning behind Madagascar's Floral Emblem

December 5, 2016

English, Japanese, Malagasy

Hello again, Naho here. It's a little worrying how more than half of the year has already passed by before I even noticed. Every year towards Christmas there always seems to be endless amounts of work that need to be finished, and I fear this year won't be an exception...

Although often associated with Christmas, poinsettias are in fact the floral emblem of Madagascar - an island famous for its tropical rainforests. This may come across as somewhat surprising, yet this flower does appear to illustrate the typical Malagasy enthusiasm.

Red, White and Green: the National Values behind the Malagasy Triband

Poinsettias are widely known for their 'Christmas' foliage of red and green. However, for the people of Madagascar, the colors of red, green and white represent much deeper meanings.

Red is a signification of the country's sovereignty; Green symbolizes Hope for its people, and White is a tribute to the Malagasy characteristics of being honest and genuine. These combined values are what makes the national flag of Madagascar.

December 2016

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