30. Dried-fish woman [himono onna – 干物女]: Himono onna (”dried-fish woman”) is an expression used in the movie Hotaru No Hikari to describe the main character, a woman in her 20s who has renounced the pursuit of romance. She spends her evenings reading manga and drinking at home alone, and she spends her weekends lazing around in bed. She’s a dried-fish woman.
This is just 1 of 60 new buzzwords to have come up in 2007 in Japan. Following fads, fashion, sports, politics, and ladies, these new words are being ranked to see which are the top 10 buzzwords for the year. Some are funny like Disguised beef [gisou shokuniku] or Dark website [yami site – 闇サイト]. What is your favorite term?