Japanese | Word of the Day
Recently, news has been spreading concerning a number of Kpop stars being involved in the filming and distribution of illicit spy cam pornography. Though this news primarily comes from South Korea, I'm certain Japan is not immune to such illegal activity. In fact, the privacy laws in Japan are so strict in regards to filming individuals without consent, that all cellphone camera apps are defaulted with a shutter sound that cannot be deactivated. However, over the years, numerous hotels across korea have been found to be compromised by highy quality spy cameras, most of which are no larger than a pinhole. The hidden cameras have been found inside the most inconspicuous items such as coke cans, toothpaste rolls, smoke detectors, books, and any/all types of typical hotel furnishings. I recommend taking a look at the video below to see some of the most common hiding places and methods of finding hidden cameras.
Anyway, our word for the day is "隠しカメら/かくしかめら/kakushi kamera or hidden camera. Lets break it down.
*Beware: This is the conjugated noun version of the verb 「隠す・to hide/conceal」.
The later part of the word is written in Katakana, clearly borrowed from English. Its pronunciation is almost identical, so I will skip it. On the other hand, I think 隠し is very peculiar looking. Starting on the left 阝・hill, mound. Top- to-bottom, 爪 or ⺤・claw, ョ・katakana "yo"(could possibly mean "pig snout"), and finally 心・heart. I'm not entirely confident about ヨ having a definition in this context, but if so chosen I think it could make sense. I can imagine a pig at the foot of hill trying to conceal itself(heart) from predators(claws)...or something like that.
Today is a short one, so I will leave it there. Do you worry about spy cams when you stay at hotels? How about in an Airbnb? Will you be super paranoid about it now? lol I know I will. Leave your thoughts in the comments below. As always, please like and share this post~
Until next time,