J-Word Play: February 2013



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Answer: 都バス(とバス) (metro bus)

Our question asks, “What kind of bus runs at an incredibly fast speed?” and our answer is a pretty straightforward pun. 「都バス」also doubles as the Japanese verb with the same pronunciation 「飛ばす」which means to run or drive fast. That leaves all of us in the more inaka (train-less) parts of Hyogo wishing for a bus that runs as on time (or as frequently) as a metro bus.

Geoff Parker

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