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Okay, so ...

Okay, so ...

Thu, 03/12/2009 - 13:49 by Ananth in response to inscrutable language joke

 ... this joke takes a little bit of explanation unless you have a rudimentary understanding of Japanese. Basically, sukiyaki is a dish and daisuki means "to like a lot". So, if you really like sukiyaki and (terrible) puns, you can say "daisuki-yaki" and ... 


*stares in Yuko's direction* Well, I know someone who feel compelled to say it every time we have sukiyaki at her parents' house. 

One of the anecdotes on Wikipedia explains the origins of the word sukiyaki: the kanji in sukiyaki basically mean "plow" and "cook". This is because medieval farmers would heat up their plows and cook the meat right on top of them! I thought that was a neat explanation, whether or not it's true. You can read a whole lot more about it at the wikipedia article up top, or right here



Comment by Cowhat Ninja (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 10:42

Daisukiyaki XD

(I would have laughed if I was there) :p

I honestly thought I was the

Comment by MegW (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 11:21

I honestly thought I was the only person who came up with horrible puns like this at meal times with non-Japanese speakers. My days of biting my tongue are at an end, thanks Yuko!!

not crazy.

Comment by Rachelle (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 15:11

Yuko, you are totally not crazy. SUKIYAKI IS THE BEST. SERIOUSLY. I want to eat it all of the time <3! Let's get sukiyaki together when I'm in town!

Just a warning

Comment by Frog42 (not verified) Fri, 03/13/2009 - 15:19

For people who want to try the joke on people who actually speak Japanese... it's probably not that funny to them. I think it works best for those who have taken a little Japanese in school. It's just not in the form of a traditional Japanese pun, so they probably would think you were just spouting gibberish.

Gomen chai.... latte.

Wouldn't daisukiyaki just

Comment by Sovy Kurosei (not verified) Sat, 03/14/2009 - 07:53

Wouldn't daisukiyaki just mean Great sukiyaki?

Yes, I came from the Japanese school of "Daikatana = great sword!" AKA video games.

I love how I got it before I

Comment by Slightly Informed (not verified) Sat, 03/14/2009 - 13:11

I love how I got it before I saw there was an explanation.

Kudos Yuko.

:< aww

Comment by Naktarr (not verified) Sat, 03/14/2009 - 19:39

I didn't though, it took two re-reads of Ananth's comment and three of the footnote of the comic for me to get everything - yeah I must be one of the few here who has never studied any Japanese or, sadly, has no Japanese friends to teach me anything.


Comment by Pete (not verified) Mon, 03/16/2009 - 15:29

Dear Yuko,
I O U one awesome high 5 for punmanship.
Love, Pete

Hahaha! Said the same thing

Comment by DP (not verified) Tue, 03/17/2009 - 00:32

Hahaha! Said the same thing to my obaachan. much to the same effect...^_^

*I* got the joke.

Comment by E. Bernhard Warg (not verified) Sat, 04/04/2009 - 08:20

*I* got the joke.


Comment by E. Bernhard Warg (not verified) Sat, 04/04/2009 - 08:22

Then again, I like to refer to "Disney Sing-Along-Songs" as "Kara ja nai Oke"...


Comment by august (not verified) Sat, 04/18/2009 - 14:55

that makes me feel like such a dork, but at least i know i pay attention in japanese.

does it make you awesome if

Comment by Hotpan (not verified) Wed, 04/29/2009 - 02:30

does it make you awesome if you got the joke before the explanation <--- me

Got right away and a very

Comment by Arc (not verified) Fri, 05/01/2009 - 00:03

Got right away and a very good pun ^_-v

Ah, I started laughing so

Comment by Dustin (not verified) Mon, 06/15/2009 - 01:16

Ah, I started laughing so hard when I read this. It's a good thing I just got through 2 semesters of Japanese or I probably wouldn't have understood


Comment by lex (not verified) Tue, 06/16/2009 - 12:35

The fact that I immediately got this pun just proves that I am a complete and total dork. I <3 DNAngel for teaching me such important things such as the difference between Daisuke and Daisuki, so that I may understand puns on webcomics.


I really need to get a life. @.@

I know how it feels like

Comment by Jmex (not verified) Thu, 06/25/2009 - 18:35

Well ... I really laugh a lot with this one because my roomate's parents are from Japan but He growed up almost his entyre life in Argentina ... The thing is that he always made that kind of jokes that nobody can understand without a good japanese language explanation ... :P

Kore ga daisuki desu!

Comment by QuoteRadar (not verified) Tue, 07/21/2009 - 00:49

I LOVE multi-lingual puns, but I usually stop myself from saying them in public because I get similar reactions. So this comic made my day.

Really, Japanese is one of the best languages for wordplay. Verbal and written.

I got it. >_>

Comment by Ean (not verified) Wed, 07/22/2009 - 17:37

But then, I am a dork.


Comment by SareeJones (not verified) Sun, 07/26/2009 - 07:17

I am pretty smug to say that I understood that xD
3 years of japanese has finally paid off!


Comment by RSJ (not verified) Fri, 11/20/2009 - 13:37





*thought it was a Digimon reference...*

hahaha... oh wow.

Comment by Renard the Vulpine (not verified) Sat, 11/21/2009 - 01:25

Bahahahahaha!! I face-palmed, not because of the incredulity, but the honest intent behind the joke.

I love the comment! I'm

Comment by Caroline (not verified) Mon, 06/14/2010 - 23:47

I love the comment! I'm taking Japanese in school and I got the joke! Yes!

Haaa I got it without the

Comment by Blank (not verified) Fri, 06/25/2010 - 09:17

Haaa I got it without the explaination.

All because I read the DNAngel manga all those years ago.

I got it, though I'm thankful for the japanese spelling

Comment by Sammy (not verified) Tue, 07/06/2010 - 12:19

When you know you've watched too much Japanese anime/dramas.

Though, I probably made Yuko very happy.



Comment by Kuragari (not verified) Thu, 07/08/2010 - 17:55


Sugoi nippon.

Comment by Dr. Sakuya, PhD (not verified) Sun, 07/11/2010 - 16:42

I got the joke because I'm a weeaboo.

Kili knew! He knew well!

Comment by Kilimbo (not verified) Sun, 12/12/2010 - 01:24

I'm not fluent in Japanese, but I know a few words very well! So I got to skip the explanation :3

Sugoi jyoudan desu.

Comment by Bilingualhilarity. (not verified) Sat, 03/12/2011 - 04:31

That is the best food related pun I have ever heard. Of all time. Internet high 5 to Yuko.

You beat me to it

Comment by Alexz (not verified) Thu, 04/28/2011 - 19:46

Hehe i got the joke, I started laughing my head off and I was going to post it on here, but you wrote it down already lmao