September 5th, 2009

Japanese incubi

Setting: Japan

Is there any kind of Japanese equivalent to the incubus/succubus of Western mythology? Any kind of creature that molests their victims as they sleep.

Search terms used: "Japan Incubus" (loads of stuff about the band of that name), "Japan incubi", "Japan night demon" and other things along those lines.

In need of Translation (Japanese to English, Audio)

First time poster, longtime reader in need of a decent translation for a very nerdy thing.

I'm seeking to properly homage the Final Dynamic Special, a special move found only in Super Robot Wars games and I would like to have the dialogue down.

And my minimal knowledge of Japanese allows me to translate only one line.

The source video for this (otherwise, I'd attempt an online translation) can be found here.  If I could type Kanji (or, really, even read them well with a dictionary nearby), or if it was typed up, I'd be okay. But given it's audio/video, I'm in need of some help.

DC Metro: crime areas and motels/hotels nearby

Setting: Present day, Washington DC Metro Area

While drug transactions can really take place anywhere in any given city... What areas in the DC Metro are considered high-crime and/or where a lot of drug buying/prostitution takes place? Specifically, I'm looking for an area where a suit-wearing, forty-ish white male would really stick out after 11 p.m. What local hotels/motels could he possibly check into to, like a somewhat run-down, possibility a "rent-by-the-hour" type?

My research so far has come up with Anacostia, Southeast, Near Northeast and areas around the Rosedale Recreation area. However, I can only find information on assaults, shootings, robberies and thefts in the area, so I'm not sure if those would be considered options. Anacostia and Southeast look very residential. The hotels I've found in the Near Northeast are chains (Travelodge, HoJo, Courtyard, etc.).

Searched so far:,,, various online hotel booking sites, DC CVB, DC Metro tourist sites, etc.

Injuries from being choked, ways to shut a smart-ass up, and swearing for people REALLY into math.

I've fallen in love with this community, and I'm hoping that my questions aren't too stupid to get answers!

Setting is modern-day Japan, specifically Shibuya, with some some crazy supernatural stuff going on behind the scenes that most normal humans are unaware of.

I've Googled: "choking bruises", "choking injuries", "choking to unconsciousness", various similar phrases and all of the above with -judo at the end; "how to gag someone" and a few other gag-related things, but I ended up with mostly sexual results. Most of what I found and read was about child abuse, judo, and teenagers strangling themselves to get high...
I've also looked through most of the medicine tags here, even not-entirely-relevant ones (learning random things is fun!).

The character getting injured is male and appears to be a pretty scrawny fifteen. He's been captured by an eighteen-year-old male who's significantly stronger physically. The eighteen-year-old wants to utterly humiliate the fifteen-year-old and make him miserable by whatever means possible, but he wants his prisoner fully conscious most of the time (because he'd be boring otherwise) and, if possible, able to walk. The story requires the prisoner to be able to stand around, talk a lot, and pick up a gun and shoot someone a maximum of four days after the abuse ends.

I have ideas for general injuries that would fit (though more ideas are always nice!), but there are two things in particular I'm not sure about.

One, my notes keep using phrases like "the ring of bruises around his throat" or "the bruises that circled his throat", as at one point the prisoner was held against a wall by his throat with enough pressure to knock him out; I'm having a hard time finding out what someone's throat would look like a few days after they've been choked, and I'm not sure this is accurate. I realize now that it wouldn't be a complete ring, but would there be a solid line of bruises across the front of his throat, or...?

Two, I'm having trouble thinking up ways to shut the prisoner up that don't involve knocking him unconscious. He's wonderfully sarcastic and not the type to keep his mouth shut, and I'm thinking it will get on his captor's nerves after a while. I've found some useful stuff on gags, but I was wondering if there were any injuries that wouldn't be terribly dangerous but that would make it difficult to speak for a short period of time. I don't really know how to search for this.

And a much less serious question that I really don't know how to search for...

I need some mathematical words or phrases that could be used as insults or profanity. I'm hopelessly math-stupid, and I could just go with what little the canon gives, but that would be boring!

Tooth Fairy or similar custom in Romania?


I'm working on an original story involving several characters from Romania, and I need to know if there are any customs or myths similar to the US Tooth Fairy (children leave baby teeth under their pillows and the Tooth Fairy takes the tooth and leaves money). I've found mentions of fairy mice or rats that take teeth, but this only refers to Western European countries and I can't tell where the child would leave the tooth.

Googled: history of tooth fairy, tooth fairy in Romania, Romanian baby teeth customs, etc.