#021: Ame (Rain or Candy) (category: homonym)
The Japanese word "ame" means both "rain" and "candy". These two words have completely different kanji characters but are written in the same way in Japanese phonograms (hiragana and katakana). Although their pronunciation are a little different, it might be difficult for foreigners to recognize the difference.
Strange though, women especially in Osaka, the second largest city in this country, tend to like to carry candy and call it "ame-chan" as if it were a pet or something. If you meet a woman in Osaka and ask her "Do you have candy?", she would answer "Of course!" and give you one of them as a favor.
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