Feb. 28th, 2014

sechan19: (kusama)
Today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, the day after the day after tomorrow. If you're in Japan and making a date with destiny, better make absolutely sure you know the regional dialect when confirming your plans because otherwise you might just show up on the wrong day of the week.

Though today (kyō 今日), tomorrow (ashita 明日), and the day after tomorrow (asatte 明後日) are stable terms, the word for the day after the day after tomorrow (or "three days from now") is fluid. In the Ise dialect, the term used is sasatte (ささって), while in parts of the Kanto region it's shiasatte (明々後日). But wait a minute... in other parts of Kanto it's actually yanasatte (やなさって). And in some places, shiasatte actually means "the day after the day after the day after tomorrow" (or "four days from now") and in some other places so does yanasatte!

Bottom line, if it's Monday and you want to make a date for Thursday, steer clear of euphemistic terms and just state the day of the week outright. And if you hear shiasatte or yanasatte mentioned as possible options, be sure to clarify with your friend about what exactly it is that they mean. The Ise dialect uses number terms in a fairly straightforward way (sasatte = san = 3 = three days from now; shiasatte = shi = 4 = four days from now; jūasatte = jū = 10 = ten days from now...), but the same can't be said for other parts of the Japanese archipelago, so a modicum of caution is advised.

Happy date planning!

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