Taco!? Wait a second… That’s not a taco!

At kankousai I ran across this booth.


The Hiragana says tako.

And let the confusion commence once again.  I felt so proud that I could read the sign.  It said tako, which I took to mean taco because phonetically, in Japanese that is how it would sound since there is no “c”.  Not only that, the booth featured a nice layout of lettuce and diced tomatoes from my less than stellar vantage point.  I got a little excited to say the least, not only because I knew what it said, but also because I thought that a nice, crunchy taco was waiting to fill my black hole of a stomach.

Not quite.

Upon closer observation, perhaps what would have been painfully obvious to anybody else, I noticed that there was a cute little picture of an octopus wearing a headband.  Hmmm…

“Pam,” I asked, “that sign says tako, right?”

She told me it did.

“Does that stand for octopus?”

She told me it did.

Disappointment deepened my lonely singularity.  But I learned something important.

Hiragana represents words of Japanese origin.

Katakana represents words of foreign origin.

Which means, that if it was written in Katakana, it would have looked like (タコ).  I knew that before but now I really know it.  Whenever I see new words written in Hiragana that sound like a familiar word I know to take a little step back to reevaluate what I’m seeing. It’s the little things that make the difference.


About Matthew J. Durocher

Matthew Durocher is a graduate of Michigan Tech University. He acquired his BA in English along with a minor in Music Composition and a certificate in Writing in Spring 2012. His style is one of passion and musicality. One foot is firmly rooted in tradition while the other slides dangerously close to the clouds.
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