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  1. Bearman

    Moshi Moshi. I like that. Is it pronounced like mosh pit or like MOE SHE

  2. Nate Fakes

    That’s usually the way it goes. My parents never understood when I told them I didn’t start the fight

  3. SpilledInkGuy

    Oh no! I hope that this does not spark an international incident! :)

  4. George

    Sis looks so slef-satisfied. :)

  5. Chris

    Bearman: Like the second option: moe-she, moe-she :)
    Nate: Well, you shouldn’t have been hitting your little brother, anyway…
    Spilled Ink: Well, if you’re going to have an incident, you may as well go for broke.
    George: It’s a second sibling’s prerogative!

  6. John k

    That seems to be the talent of the little sister.

  7. dgriff13

    ahhhh… siblings.

  8. Odori Park » Archive » The Ainu :: A webcomic comedy of culture shock in love, life, and family, by Chris Watkins ::

    [...] Wednesday’s comic mentions the Ainu. For the unfamiliar (which I presume will be most folks), the Ainu are the indigenous people of northern Japan. I don’t get the impression that their existence plays any kind of role for the majority of modern Japanese–as a minority indigenous people, they’ve been fairly well marginalized–but for my experience living in Japan, the Ainu and their culture had a sizable impact. I’ve wanted for a while to include some portion of that experience in Odori Park, and hopefully in a respectful, but not heavy-handed way, while still keeping the funny (because, after all, this is a comedy). [...]

  9. speearr

    Sis is…. kinda hawt!

  10. Spencey

    Another great strip! Just wanted to add how much I admire your artistic style. It really is a joy to look at your work. Well played, sir. Well played indeed.

  11. Chris

    John: As a second sibling myself, I’m sure I have no idea what you’re talking about.
    dgriff13: Can’t live with ‘em, can’t dispose of them without looking suspicious.
    speearr: Mission accomplished :)
    Spencey: Thanks awfully much! Those are very kind words.

  12. David

    Siblings alway like to stir the pot!

  13. speearr

    @Chris: Lol and I just noticed that like *most* Japanese she’s a brunette.

  14. Chris

    David: Not speaking from experience, are you? :)
    speearr: Glad you caught that :)

  15. alecho

    Hahaha, moshi moshi~~ reminds me when I was living in Japan :)

  16. Edohiguma

    The way I’ve heard it all the time so far is “mosheemosh”.

    The Ainu thing is not as simple as most people think. One of my colleagues is a linguist and he is one of the people who are convinced that the Ainu aren’t as indigenous as some make us believe. They’re not left-over Jômon people, that is pretty much proven. It’s more likely that they’re either a mix of Yamato and Jômon from back in the days, or simply an offshoot from the early Yamato people, who moved north, with some mixing with the Jômon people, who were driven back, fought or even assimilated into the Yamato settlements. The language is the driving factor behind such theories. For example, we know the Japanese word for “god” or “spirit” is kami. The Ainu word is “kamui”. Slurring and shortening of words and syllables is a constant thing in Japanese. The shi used to be a si, for example. So such theories actually make sense.

  17. AckAckAck

    I was intrigued by the Ainu clan and why the big outburst so I decided to click on the link provided on the lower right. I was surprised and appalled with what I read. I can’t believe Japanese and Russian actually treat a tribe like that for centuries.

    As a guy coming from a country with hundreds or even thousands of different tribes and able to living in harmony I was saddened at the discrimination. The Hokkaido Aborigines Protection Act was an asshole law released by racist assholes. And it was taken off in 2008? So before 2008 the Ainus are treated like second or third rate citizen?

    Sorry for the long post, but when I read about Ainu I kinda disappointed at Japan, an advanced and developed country that need to show examples to their neighbours.

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