February 3rd, 2011

tacky Japanese names

Setting: modern day to near future (give or take 5 years from now)
Google: "tacky Japanese names", "Japanese name/naming trends"
Other research methods: kanji dictionaries (saiga.jp, yamasa), wikipedia

I have a lower-middle class Japanese family whose three daughters I'm having trouble deciding the names of. I'd prefer them to have tacky names (tacky parents hate their common names and gave their daughters names they thought were cool), but I don't know what's considered tacky in Japan nowadays, except perhaps Hanako or Hana (correct me if I'm wrong, I just read that somewhere). As my name-creating skills are nil, I was thinking of just using unusual spellings for common names, like 愛夜 for Aya, but I don't know if that (the kanji and/or the idea) is tacky. As well as having the daughters' names share a common kanji like the generational names used in China and Korea. Help?

Another question: I also have a character named Youko and am confused about the 暢子 and 容子 spellings (I might change to Masako or Hiroko and use the latter one). Wikipedia says they mean "free child" and "glorious child" respectively, but I didn't find any meanings close to those in the kanji dictionaries I looked at. Are they the kind of kanji whose meanings change depending on the context, or is wikipedia wrong?

horseback assist

I have a character who is faint and weak with hunger who doesn't know how to ride a horse. Someone who is very good at horseback riding, who has one horse, needs to take him somewhere somewhat far away. How is this going to work? How is the rider going to get the person onto the horse, and how is he going to keep him from falling off? How much slower is the horse going to go, and are there any other ways the horse would move differently than normal? How is the rider going to take care of both the other person and the horse?

I found tips for riding double, but not when one person is so incapacitated. Thanks!

Name needed for a half werewolf part fairy baby girl

hi, I'm writing a story at the moment and I've introduced a new character, a baby girl. She is the daughter of a Russian werewolf called Vladimir and a human woman with Fae great, great grandparents. Both are dead, she has been adopted by a vampire and his mate who is also a werewolf (she is of Norse heritage.) The vampire in question (has Norse heritage) beheaded Vladimir in a fight to the death and was indirectly involved in the mothers death.

Q - I would really like suggestions for a name for the baby girl, either:

a - A Werewolf related name
b - A Russian name (for the father)
c - A Norse Goddesses name (not Freya or Fenrir please)
d - A colour (she has brown hair and brown eyes)
e - A combination of all of them?

Search terms used: Female Norse Gods, Norse Wolf Gods, Russian baby names, Russian female baby names, girls colour names, colour baby names..

It's driving me mad! Thanks in advance.
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Making prions unfindable so a disease can't be properly diagnosed.

Setting: Far future with humans and aliens happily tooling around the stars and not so happily contracting genetically-engineered diseases. Specifically diseases caused by prions that can't easily be diagnosed.

I know I can just make something up, but I would much rather at least start with something rooted in reality. Hence my turning to you, good comm members.

I found a tremendously useful Wikipedia article on prions so I know how they function and spread in an infected person. I also know from my good friend Mayoclinic.com that Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease ('Mad Cow' in humans) can be diagnosed by spinal fluid taps and at least occasionally a biopsy of the tissue of the tonsils, because both will show the presence of the proteins (prions) responsible for the disease.

So here's the question: Is it plausible to have a prion-caused disease specifically engineered to not be discoverable from spinal fluid or tissue? I need a way to 'hide' them somehow from the above tests.

I have no problem with the infected person showing symptoms of brain damage (the story depends on it), but I need what the heck's specifically wrong with the guy to be a mystery long enough to make curing the disease questionable. And again, I don't feel comfortable just winging it with technobabble, so suggestions would be great.

Thank you very much. :D
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General Amaterasu info and mythology?

A character of mine for an Angelic Layer RP is currently making an Angel (a sort of fighting doll) for his daughter, modelled after the Shinto goddess, Amaterasu. I used to have a big book on Japanese mythology but I lost it when I was around 10 so I only remember scraps of info pertaining to her.

Anyway, the character in question is supposed to draw elements of her personality and fighting style from bits from the Amaterasu myths and so far, I've got that she's quite soft-spoken and elegent, respectful but with something of a temper and a tendency for vanity as well, which come from the myth about the first eclipse. (She's also deathly afraid of cows, but that's beside the point. xD)

My questions are as follows:

Is it against any sort of etiquette for a Japanese person to create a derivative character of a god?

And, are there any other myths that I could use to build up the character more?

I tried googling Amaterasu's name, myths about her, myths about gods in general, but I just got a bunch of stuff I already knew or couldn't use. As for my first question, I had no idea what to google.

Thank you in advance!

long hair in the 1930s?

Setting: 1930/31 Chicago, IL USA
Character age: about 24
Fandom: Baccano! (0:54)

I've been using all my skills in google-fu and library research to try to find an answer to this but nothing is coming up.

I know that the 1920s was when there was a shift in culture and women in the cities cut their hair short. While the South tried to hold onto tradition. And all my searches for 20/30's hair styles brought up pictures of short hair. I even searched for long hair styles without much luck. The few times I've seen women with long hair in movies they're usually older or very proper and it's always tided up.

However, for some reason, this character has long hair. Practically past her waist. At first I thought it might just be because she spends the whole series in what appears to be a wedding dress. Maybe if she was dressed normally her hair would be up? This wasn't the case, it was still down in a 1934 illustration.

I'm wondering is there's a reason someone might have long hair? I kind of took it to imply that she's a good girl or old fashioned. Am I way off base?
Would this hold any kind of connotation?

I just don't see "maybe she likes it" as being a valid argument for the time... or her personality. Or am I just over thinking things again?

Anything you can tell me would be amazing. I am more interested in the history than just in the context of the show.

[ EDIT ] Wow, I got way more responses than I thought I would. Thank you so much everyone!