August 03, 2013

Pork cutlets

I learned something new today.

Remember episode 10 of Girls und Panzer, which includes a long segment of all the tank crews eating dinner the night before the last match? They're all eating pork cutlets. I had noticed that, but didn't understand why.

Peter says it's a pun that has become a superstition. A fried pork cutlet is katsu. And...

Because katsu also means "to win" in Japanese, it's common for parents to serve this to their kids before a big test or sporting event to show their support.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Japanese at 06:36 AM | Comments (1) | Add Comment
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1 He has mentioned before that that's the reason Kit-Kat candy bars are so popular there, as well.  "kitto katsu" = "you will surely win".  The Japanese arm of Nestle has made hundreds of different flavors of them over time.

Posted by: Mikeski at August 04, 2013 12:20 PM (Zlc1W)

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