What is the Japanese dialect spoken by Taro, Makoto and Miyako in Ghost Hound? It doesn't sound like Kansai Ben or the standard Tokyo dialect.

  • I just listened to a quick clip of the dialogue. It's some dialect from the Kyūshū region. That's all I can tell, but a native speaker could probably pinpoint it more accurately. – Logan M Sep 16 '13 at 18:05

I'm not familiar with Japanese dialectology, so all I can really tell is that (as Logan M noted) it's a dialect from Kyushu or thereabouts. Luckily, the internet seems to know more.

None of this is really authoritative, but it is suggestive.

One possible source of confusion for us here is that it might be that people are just defaulting to describing the dialect in question as Fukuoka dialect since Fukuoka is the largest city in Kyushu (i.e. it's possible that the people I have linked above do not have direct experience distinguishing among varieties of Kyushu Japanese).

Aside - if you like the Kyushu dialect, you should watch Kids on the Slope. Lots of Kyushu Japanese in that one.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.