What you may want to know about the first episodes of “I’m Home”

Hi guys! I hope you enjoy our subs and the drama!

When it comes to things which we think should be explained, we usually put the necessary information in the upper side of the video. However, sometimes we need to keep it super short; otherwise it would take more than a half of a frame, being more annoying than helpful.

We decided to give you more explanation on some interesting stuff from the previous five episodes. Click “more” to get to know, well, more. : )

By the way, I wanted to thank wonderful subbers from D-Addicts who I work with on “I’m Home”, that is Watanuki, ZeroJanvier and his wife! Thanks for letting me do this also on your behalves.

Oha! (Episode 1)
Oha! was made popular by Katori Shingo, a member of the Johnny’s group SMAP. It was a nice gesture from the writers, considering that Kimura Takuya belongs to SMAP as well.

Katori was also once well-known for cross-dressing as the character Shingo Mama (慎吾ママ) on the variety show Saturday SMAP; he even released a top-selling CD single “Shingo Mama no Oha Rock” (慎吾ママのおはロック), done in character. Shingo Mama promoted Ohha as part of a Ministry of Education campaign to encourage family communication. (Wikipedia)

Ieji did the one-handed Oha, while the same gesture should be done with two hands. Urban Dictionary gives pretty detailed instruction on how to Oha. Just so you know.

A hand gesture usually accompanies an “Oha!” greeting. On the first syllable “oh”, hold up your hands, palms out, with your index fingers touching your thumbs (like the American “O.K.” gesture). On the second syllable “ha,” straighten out your index fingers and thumbs, and push your hands forward.

See the real thing here: (Youtube), but be warned; you won’t be able to unsee it.

The Legend of Urashima Taro (Episode 2)
Urashima Taro is a young fisherman who rescues a turtle from the kids that were bullying the animal. It turns out the turtle is actually the daughter of the Emperor of the Sea. The Emperor wants to thank Taro for what he has done and he invites the fisherman to his palace. Taro visits the Emperor’s palace and to his surprise the turtle now is a beautiful princess called Otohime.

Taro stays at the palace for couple of days but then decides to leave to take care of his old mother. Otohime is sad to see him go so she gives Urashima a box. A box that under no circumstances is he allowed to open.

When he comes back to his village, no one recognizes him. Nor does he recognize people. It turns out that the days he spent under the sea were actually years; more than 300 years, to be precise.  People have heard legend of a lost fisherman but wouldn’t expect him to be standing in front of them.

Depressed Urashima decides to open the box and suddenly ages. In this box – that he was not supposed to open – was his youth.

I think this story is significant as Ieji is a little bit like Urashima Taro; he wakes up after 5 months being in a coma and he doesn’t remember the last 5 years of his life. He doesn’t recognize people around him, not even his current wife and son. But this works both ways: people don’t recognize him either because of the drastic change of his character.

Nursing robots (Episode 2)
Things are more interesting in this matter. Go here, here, and here for more information.

Entrance exams (Episode 4)

More than ever before, the “examination hell,” as many Japanese describe the education system, is beginning with the rush by 2- and 3-year-olds to get into a good cram school to pass entrance tests for the best kindergartens. Japan’s most famous elementary school may be Yochisha, which last fall had 1,302 applicants for 132 slots in the first grade, a fraction of the 19,000 first-grade spots in elite elementary schools across the country. (NYTimes)

In Japan, entrance exams start with pre-kindergartens. These are not “tests” per se, though they assess a child’s abilities and predispositions. Exams often include interviews and even mock exams to prepare the examinee and his/her parents for what’s about to come. Yochisha mentioned in the quote above is the most prestigious elementary school. Once your kid gets in, you may as well tell your friends he got accepted into Keio, although it has yet to happen (like 10 years or so).

Public-funded schools do not have that strict admission rules. Such examination hell is a common practice in private education institutes. When Hisashi asks Megumi to quit the mock exams altogether, he is basically admitting his son to a public school. He kind of gives back Yoshio his childhood; a thing which many of the kids don’t get to experience, due to all the cram schools and extracurriculum stuff.

O-mo-te-na-shi. Omotenashi. (Episode 5)
Watanuki makes a parody of omotenashi (hospitality), referring to part of the speech made when Japan made a bid to host the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. You can watch it on Youtube, it starts around 0:10.

Actually, omotenashi was called one of the top voted catchphrases of 2013.

I think that’s it for now! I plan on posting translators’ notes regularly starting from the episode 6. If there’s anything you’d like to see explained just leave a comment under the post and we’ll look into it!

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