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How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Japanese

How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Japanese!

Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

Table of Contents

  1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
  2. Japanese Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
  3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
  4. How Can JapanesePod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
  5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Japanese - Testing New Technology

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1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Japanese? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Japanese words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

  1. joke - 冗談を言う - jōdan o iu
  2. funny - 面白い - omoshiroi
  3. sneaky - こそこそ - kosokoso
  4. humor - ユーモア - yūmoa
  5. fool - ばか - baka
  6. surprise - 驚かす - odorokasu
  7. prankster - いたずら者 - itazuramono
  8. prank - いたずら - itazura
  9. play a joke - からかう - karakau
  10. lie - うそをつく - uso o tsuku
  11. deceptive - だます - damasu
  12. April 1st - 4月1日 - shi-gatsu tsuitachi

2. Japanese Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

Japanese Phrases for April Fools' Day

Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Japanese to prank your favorite Japanese friend or colleague!

  1. I learned Japanese in 1 month.
    • 1ヶ月で、日本語を習得しました。
    • I-kkagetu de, Nihongo o shūtoku shimashita.
  2. All classes for today got canceled.
    • 今日のクラスはすべてキャンセルになりました。
    • Kyō no kurasu wa subete kyanseru ni narimashita.
  3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
    • 申し訳ありません。あなたのお気に入りのメガネを壊してしまいました。
    • Mōshiwake arimasen. Anata no o-ki ni iri no megane o kowashite shimaimashita.
  4. Someone has just hit your car.
    • 今さっき、あなたの車にぶつかっていった人がいました。
    • Ima sakki, anata no kuruma ni butsukatte itta hito ga imashita.
  5. I’m getting married.
    • 結婚します。
    • Kekkon shimasu.
  6. You won a free ticket.
    • 無料チケットが当たりましたよ。
    • Muryō chiketto ga atarimashita yo.
  7. I saw your car being towed.
    • あなたの車がレッカーで移動されていくのを見ました。
    • Anata no kuruma ga rekkā de idō sarete iku no o mimashita.
  8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
    • 建物の前で無料のギフトカードを配っています。
    • Tatemono no mae de muryō no gifuto kādo o kubatte imasu.
  9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
    • かっこいい男性が外であなたを待っています。
    • Kakkoī dansei ga soto de anata o matte imasu.
  10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
    • きれいな女性にこの電話番号を渡してほしいって言われました。
    • Kirei na josei ni kono denwa bangō o watashite hoshī tte iwaremashita.
  11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
    • ちょっと下の階に来てくれますか。渡したい物があるんです。
    • Chotto shita no kai ni kite kuremasu ka. Watashitai mono ga arundesu.
  12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
    • 今朝のラブレター、ありがとう。私のことを想ってくれていたなんて思いもしませんでした。
    • Kesa no rabu retā, arigatō. Watashi no koto o omotte kurete ita nante omoi mo shimasen deshita.

Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

Choose Bad or Good

Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Japanese, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

Cockroach prank

1- Infestation

This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

3- Something Weird in the Restroom

At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

Funny Face

4- Call Me Funny

Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - XXX XXXXXXX - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

5- Minty Cookies

This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

6- Wild Shopping

At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

8- Sneeze On Me

Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

9- Word Play Repairs

Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

10- Scary Face

Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

11- Wake Up To Madness

Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

Computer Prank

12- Computer Prank

This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

13- Monster Under the Cup

This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

Door Prank

14- Prank Door

Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

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Japanese Word of the Day - rooster (noun)

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雄鶏 (おんどり) rooster (noun)

雄鶏が辺りを見回しながら、鳴いている。
おんどりがあたりをみまわしながら、ないている。
The rooster crows while it glances around.

その雄鶏が鳴くと、私は起きる。
そのおんどりがなくと、わたしはおきる。
When the rooster crows, I will wake up.

鳴いている雄鶏
ないているおんどり
crowing rooster

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Japanese Word of the Day - change (verb)

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変える (かえる) change (verb)

カメレオンは、自分の色をオレンジ、緑、黄色に変えました。
カメレオンは、じぶんのいろをオレンジ、みどり、きいろにかえました。
The chameleon changed its color to orange, green and yellow.

彼女はリモコンで番組を変えています。
かのじょはリモコンでばんぐみをかえています。
She is changing the channel with the remote control.

起業家は、自分達のアイデアで世界を変えます。
きぎょうかは、じぶんたちのアイデアでせかいをかえます。
Entrepreneurs change the world with their ideas.

会議の進行によって、時には、予定を変更することも大事だ。
かいぎのしんこうによって、ときには、よていをへんこうすることもだいじだ。
At times it is necessary to revise a schedule as the meeting goes on.

仕事を変える
しごとをかえる
change an occupation

予定を変更する
よていをへんこうする
revise the schedule

原稿を改訂する
げんこうをかいていする
revise a manuscript

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Japanese Word of the Day - chicken (noun)

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にわとり (にわとり) chicken (noun)

ニワトリとヒヨコが食べ物をついばんでいる。
ニワトリとヒヨコがたべものをついばんでいる。
The chicken and chicks are pecking at their food.

白いニワトリ
しろいニワトリ
white chicken

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Japanese Word of the Day - volleyball (noun)

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バレーボール (バレーボール) volleyball (noun)

浜辺でバレーボールをしよう。
はまべでバレーボールをしよう。
Let’s play volleyball at the beach.

チームでバレーボールをしている。
チームでバレーボールをしている。
The teams are playing volleyball.

ビーチバレーボールは、見るのもするのも楽しい。
ビーチバレーボールは、みるのもするのもたのしい。
It’s fun to watch and to play beach volleyball.

ビーチバレーボール
ビーチバレーボール
beach volleyball

バレーボールをする
バレーボールをする
play volleyball

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Japanese Word of the Day - strawberry (noun)

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苺 (いちご) strawberry (noun)

イチゴは美味しくて体に良いです。
イチゴはおいしくてからだによいです。
Strawberries are delicious and good for the body.

イチゴはすばらしいビタミンCの源です。
イチゴはすばらしいビタミンシーのみなもとです。
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C.

熟れたイチゴ
うれたイチゴ
ripe strawberry

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How to Say Nice to Meet You in Japanese

Can you say 'Nice to meet you' in Japanese?

If you are in Japan for business or travel, or meeting you Japanese friend’s family in your own country, we are sure you would love to impress your Japanese hosts with your Japanese language skills.

You want to introduce yourself, say hello and learn how to say nice to meet you in Japanese. But you have heard that it is difficult and a mistake can cause great confusion or trouble.

Don’t worry! Here we bring you some useful tips for that successful first meeting for all Japanese beginners. You’ll learn formal and informal Japanese phrases in this blog post.

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1. My name is [name].

こんにちは。わたしは [name]です。
Konnichi wa. Watashi wa [name] desu.
“Hello. My name is [name].”

Example:

こんにちは。わたしは ひろこ です。
Konnichi wa. Watashi wa hiroko desu.
“Hello. My name is Hiroko.”

  • こんにちは (Konnichi wa) is the Japanese equivalent of “Hello” and can be used at any time of day.
  • わたし (Watashi) is a polite way for males or females to say “I” or “me.”
  • (wa) is a particle that follows the topic you are going to be talking about. The English meaning would be like “to be”, but not exactly the same.
  • です (desu) is called a copula, and refers to one type of “to be” verb.


2. Nice to meet you.

Just as important, remember to say:

はじめまして。
Hajimemashite.
“Nice to meet you.”

or the unique expression:

どうぞ よろしくお願いします。
Dozo yoroshiku onegai shimasu.
This roughly translates to “Please treat me well.”

You can also say “よろしくお願いします。(yoroshiku onegaishimasu.)” only, without どうぞ (dozo) at the beginning.

or formal and polite expressions:

お会いできてうれしいです。
O-ai dekite ureshī desu.
“I’m happy to meet you.”

お目にかかれて嬉しいです。
O-me ni kakarete ureshī desu.
“It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

お目にかかれて光栄です。
O-me ni kakarete kōei desu.
“It’s an honour to be seen by you.” or “It is an honor to meet you.”

お目にかかる (O-me ni kakaru) is the humble form of 会う (Au; meet).


Using this kind of phrase shows respect for the person and also that you are looking forward to a good relationship with them. This little Japanese is sure to make a great impression! That’s why you need to learn common Japanese words and phrases. If you’re not familiar with Japanese words yet, look them up in the Japanese dictionary.

Example:

初めまして。どうぞお入り下さい。
はじめまして。どうぞおはいりください。
Hajimemashite. Dōzo o-iri kudasai.
“Please come in, it’s nice to meet you.”

初めまして、ピーター。私の名前はリチャードです。
はじめまして、ピーター。わたしのなまえはリチャードです。
Hajimemashite, pītā. Watashinonamaeha richādodesu.
“Hello Peter, my name is Richard and it is nice to meet you.”

初めまして。
はじめまして。
Hajimemashite.
“Nice to meet you, sir.”

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You will surprise everyone with your Japanese skills and politeness. Now people will be pleased to meet you and your efforts won’t go unappreciated!

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Japanese Word of the Day - dog (noun)

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犬 (いぬ) dog (noun)

小さくて白い犬が、庭で黄色いボールで遊んでいる。
ちいさくてしろいいぬが、にわできいろいボールであそんでいる。
The little white dog is playing with a yellow ball in the yard.

毛むくじゃらの犬がボールを追いかけている。
けむくじゃらのいぬがボールをおいかけている。
The shaggy dog is running after the ball.

犬は人間の一番の友達です。
いぬはにんげんのいちばんのともだちです。
Dogs are a man’s best friend.

茶色い犬と黒い犬
ちゃいろいいぬとくろいいぬ
a brown dog and a black dog

大きい犬
おおきいいぬ
big dog

年老いた犬
としおいたいぬ
old dog

家の外にいる茶色い犬
いえのそとにいるちゃいろいいぬ
brown dog outside house

毛深い犬
けぶかいいぬ
hairy dog

かわいい犬
かわいいいぬ
cute dog

犬小屋
いぬごや
dog house

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Japanese Word of the Day - sweet (i-adjective)

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甘い (あまい) sweet (i-adjective)

チョコレートは甘いです。
チョコレートはあまいです。
Chocolate is sweet.

甘いペストリー
あまいペストリー
sweet pastry

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Japanese Word of the Day - boy (noun)

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男の子 (おとこのこ) boy (noun)

男の子が、ホットドッグを食べている。
おとこのこが、ホットドッグをたべている。
The boy is eating a hot dog.

男の子は女の子より背が高い。
おとこのこはおんなのこよりせがたかい。
The boy is taller than the girl.

悲しそうな男の子
かなしそうなおとこのこ
sad boy

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