Seeing as how we just kicked off the Winter Olympics, I thought this might be a fitting story even if it is a little off topic. There was an interesting piece in Canada’s National Post about Japanese figure skating star Asada Mao recently, describing how a local street vendor had named a hot dog after her.
There was only one problem. The figure skater in the picture is not Asada Mao, but rather fellow Japanese skater Akiko Suzuki. How embarrassing! According to FG, the Japanese press has picked up on the error, and I expect that they’re none too impressed.
Have a look at the image that ran in the Post. Would you mistake Suzuki for Mao? It might be worth the effort to pay more attention to names during our Japanese language study!