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Happy Moe Day!!!

10 October 2009
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Moe Moe Kyun…….

“What is Moe Day?” you say?

Perhaps a short explanation about “moe” will help…

Here’s a short excerpt of the definition of “moe” from the Otaku Encyclopedia (you can find out more information about it from here)

Moe (もえ・萌え): Literally meaning “to bud” and a pun on the homonym “to burn”. It is used among otaku to mean getting fired up for budding young beauties. A character described as moe today is an amalgam of Lolicon and Bishoujo features. Most are infantile and bright and have massive, wet, dog-like eyes. They can seem almost animal-like, alien, or androgynous. The appeal of moe features relates to childlike purity, so it should come as no surprise that moe characteristics tend to be younger than Kawaii Bishoujo schoolgirls. The lolicon image is now considered too “real”, and too sexual, so moe is used instead to define a fantasy love or desire.


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Nice try Koizumi but that’s not moe XD

Ok back to topic so why is today “Moe Day”?

Let’s take a look at the Kanji (the chinese characters in the japanese language) for the word moe.


It’s simple and easy to write and remember compared to a good number of Kanji.

Kanji, and chinese characters, can be broken down into radicals.

To put it simply, most complex characters are made up of simpler characters combined. Lets see how moe breaks up to.


So as you can see, we have broken the character for moe into 4 parts.

Vertically written Japanese is read from the right to the left and top to bottom. So by re-arranging them into conventional left to right English reading, you get the following.


Which happens to also mean October the 10th in Japanese.

So now you know why today is Moe Day. :3

This post is directly via The Banzai Effect lets all thank him for this wonderful post \(^.^)/

One Comment leave one →
  1. 10 October 2009 7:47 pm

    Cheers fellow moe-head!

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