‘Do you know Japanese ______?’

“Do you know Japanese ______?” is a quirky Japanese-English sentence construction you will constantly be asked in Japan:
“Do you know sushi?” “Do you know sumo?” “Do you know Japanese sento (public bath)?” or in this case, “Do you know Viennese coffee?

do-you-know-viennese-coffee

Damn. I’ve been suckering into a really old, bad Japanese joke—an “oyaji gag” with the above BuzzFeed Japan post of, “Do you know Viennese coffee?
Japanese follows the proper name of the the city Vienna, “Wien” as it is in German by writing it in Japanese phonetically as “Wi~n” (ウィーン) and can be mispronounced Wee-na (wiener) like the sausage. Therefore, Japanese “Viennese coffee” can be “Wiener coffee” which is what Japanese refers to the Austrian style drink with whipped cream on top of coffee. Japanese also has other fun words for ordering coffee such as “American coffee” (アメリカンコーヒー) is a largish weak coffee and a “Dutch coffee” (ダッチ・コーヒー) is cold brew.

“Do you know Japanese jokes?” They are called “oyaji gag” (親父ギャグ) —literally meaning “father’s joke”—Japan’s equivalent of what would be called “dad jokes” in English based on a bad pun or a play on words. Japanese “Viennese coffee” has plenty of this engrish gag
weiner-coffee

2 thoughts on “‘Do you know Japanese ______?’”

  1. Wait!
    Did somebody say they like, “PUBLIC BATH”?

    Public Bath

    I go public bath some nights.
    It is near my house.
    Mineral, bubble, electric.
    Baths are
    Very good for my body.
    I like public bath, I like public bath.
    I like public bath, I like public bath.
    I like public bath, I like public bath.
    I like public bath, I like public bath.

    I’m looking forward to eat
    Ice cream
    After my bath time.

    Outside cold wind,
    Inside hot steam.
    Singing in bath tub.
    Water works, hot and cool.
    I’m washing my body.

    I like public bath, I like public bath.
    I like public bath, I like public bath.
    I like public bath, I like public bath.
    I like public bath, I like public bath.

    I’m looking forward to eat
    Ice cream
    After my bath time.

    I go public bath some nights.
    It is near my house.
    Mineral, bubble, electric.
    Baths are
    Very good for my body.

    I like public bath, I like public bath.
    I like public bath, I like public bath.
    I like public bath, I like public bath.
    I like public bath, I like public bath.

    I’m looking forward to eat
    Ice cream
    After my bath time.

    I’m looking forward to eat
    Ice cream
    After my bath time.

    {SONGWRITERS
    YAMANO, NAOKO}

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