News Archives - tonbo translations


General News and announcements.

  • まいまい

    舞舞 まいまい snail

  • あめんぼ

    水黽 あめんぼ (n,uk) pond skater (any insect of family Gerridae); water strider

  • Like the song of a bird, “Japan’s most beautiful” Amami’s frog’s voice.

    “Japan’s most beautiful frog” a rare species known as Ishikawa's frog (Odorrana ishikawae) are found in Kagoshima and Amamishima islands at night near the mountain streams where they are heard making beautiful chirping sounds.
    Of the whole world, this species of frog can only be found inhabiting these two islands. It was once thought Okinawa was also inhabited by this species of frog, but through a profile and DNA analysis, in 2011 it was recognized as a different species. With vibrant green with seemingly specs of gold sprinkled on their body making them so beautiful that in Latin “beautiful sparkling gold frog” is their technical given name.
    From about January to May at night during the breeding season, male frogs inflate a vocal sac on their throats called a “meinou” that allows them to chirp in a high tone much like a bird. This sound is inviting to females and shows their dominance of a particular domain.
    Due to their significant increase in popularity, Kagoshima authorities and the police headquarters have arrested a pet shop owner in Tokyo on suspicion of violating conservation laws by capturing one of these frogs. Local nature conservation authorities are insisting “This is a treasure of the island. We must quietly watch and protect”.

  • Paper money changing for the first time in 20 years. On the 10,000 yen Eiichi Shibusawa.

    Eiichi Shibusawa - Kitasato Shibasaburo - Tsuda Umeko

    On the 8th, the government for the first time in 20 years has come to an agreement on a policy to reform 10,000 and other yen currency, sources say.  For the portraits of the new bills, the following people are currently being considered: On the 10,000 yen, a businessman named Eiichi Shibusawa known to be “the father of capitalism”.  On the 5,000 yen, Tsuda Umeko, founder of Tsuda Juku University.  Lastly, on the 1,000 yen, the founder of modern day Japanese medical science Kitasato Shibasaburou.  As soon as on the 9th, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Aso Taro may make an announcement.

    紙幣 20年ぶりに刷新へ 一万円札に渋沢栄一ら