“Kakkoii (Cool) is a good word to describe this book. Constantine’s painstaking research has produced a collection of words and phrases in the Japanese language used by everyone from teenagers to criminals to members of mainstream Japanese society when choosing to not be quite so stereotypically polite. Part academic treatise, part introduction to the colloquial side of the Japanese language, Japanese Street Slang offers something for linguists and Japanophiles alike.”—Elephant Journal
Peter Constantine is the author of Japan’s Sex Trade and Japanese Slang Uncensored. He was awarded the PEN Translation Prize for Six Early Stories by Thomas Mann and the National Translation Award for The Undiscovered Chekhov. He has also translated works by Isaac Babel, Machiavelli, Gogol, Tolstoy, and Dostoyevsky.
I am a sansei AJA teacher of the Japanese language, but am completely amazed at Constantine's vast knowledge of Japanese slang words and expressions. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tadabo
My Japanese friends laughed very hard as they told me 80% of this book contained words they had never heard of, and even speculated were made up. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jessica Rose
Although this was bought as a present for someone when i had a quick flip it seemed interesting, well organised and easy to understand.Published on November 28, 2011 by bs
So I open the book and start reading... Most of the slang words are EXTREMELY vulgur, and there are no cuss words. Read morePublished on October 30, 2011 by Nevermore778
I'm the publicist at Shambhala Publications. I just want to comment that the reviews below are out-of-date and refer to an old edition of the book. Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by Gemjennc
A fun and well-written tour of the exciting nooks and crannies of Japan's street language. If you thought Japan was all about cherry blossoms and anime, read this book. Read morePublished on March 12, 2010