And here are the answers to the Trivia questions I posted a few days ago. Let’s see how you did!
1. What are the six most popular books by Jane Austen?
Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Sense & Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey
2. What are the names of the heroines in each respective book?
Elizabeth, Emma, Anne, Elinor, Fanny, and Catherine
3. How old was Jane when she died?
4. How many strings does a standard violin have and what notes do they make?
4 – G, D, A, E
5. On the violin, what is the “frog”?
The part of the bow that you hold in your hand
6. What are the complementary colors of red and yellow?
green and purple
7. The only two atomic bombs ever used during war in history fell one what two cities in Japan?
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
8. What other cities were considered as targets and why were they not chosen?
Kokura, Kyoto, and Yokohama. These sites were ruled out on the day of the bombing due to cloudy skies. Hiroshima and Nagasaki, however, had very clear skies, so the pilots could be sure of the impact.
* side note: Kokura is less than 15 minutes by train away from where I am living in Japan. Hiroshima is around an hour away by shinkansen (bullet train).
9. What time did the bomb drop in Hiroshima on the morning of August 6th, 1945?
10. What popular TV show today uses these numbers as great significance during the program, repeating them several time throughout the series?
J.J. Abrams’ LOST
11. (These are for kicks) In Japanese, what does “buta” mean? (boo-tah)
12. What is a “fugu”?
* The fugu fish is the mascot/symbol of Shimonoseki, where I live now. They have it on everything; the city signs, the peoplehole covers, and they even have Hello Kitty! dressed up in a fugu costume as a keychain!
13. How quickly can a person die from eating fugu meat that has not been prepared properly?
between 4-24 hours.
* I have eaten fugu several times. The Japanese are very skilled in preparing it. Oh, and I did take a before/after photo of my first consumption.
14. A popular Japanese expression, especially among younger people, is “KY”. In America, this has an entirely different connotation than in Japan, however, much to my relief. What does it mean in Japanese?
it means to be “socially awkward.” It literally comes from the phrase “kaku yominai” (kah-koo yo-mee-nigh) which means, “can’t read the air”. It was popularized by a recent prime minister of Japan who was well known for not saying the right things.
15. How much taller is Tokyo Tower than the Eiffel Tower (which inspired its construction)?
13 meters or almost 43 ft