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Japanese Voices: YuNi no All Night Nippon i – Episode 10

Japanese Voices 日本語のままクールジャパン is a regular series designed for learners of Japanese to enjoy real Japanese language programming from Nippon Broadcasting System, one of the biggest commercial radio stations in Japan.

In our second round, we bring you YuNi no All Night Nippon i YuNiのオールナイトニッポンi, a show on the web radio platform All Night Nippon i オールナイトニッポンi.
With virtual singer YuNi as host, YuNi no All Night Nippon i is a fun and entertaining radio show, comprising a longer live portion on the Vtuber live streaming platform Colon: and a shorter archive-only segment available exclusively on the All Night Nippon i site. YuNi occasionally invites other Virtual Youtubers to join her.

Episode 10: Special Guest Kaede Higuchi

Welcome to another episode of YuNi no All Night Nippon i
Today, YuNi was joined once again by fellow Vtuber Kaede Higuchi, or Derōn-chan, as she likes to be called.

YuNi and Kaede make a new jingle

Just like she did with Haneru Inaba in Episode 6, YuNi made a new jingle with Derōn-chan for the show. They had three versions. The first one was the most conventional one, with both of them simply saying the title of the show. It was perfect. YuNi joked that the reason they synchronized so well is because they're both blondes.

The second jingle was Derōn-chan by herself. She recommended Minecraft to YuNi because she can use her creativity run wild, which would also be fun for her fans (presumably if she tried it on her YouTube channel).

Finally, the third version was shiritori, a popular word game in which you have to say a word that begins with the last syllable of the previous word your partner said. YuNi and Derōn-chan played a shiritori focused on tasty foods. It started out normally, with momo (peach) to mochi-mochi dango (chewy mochi dumplings), then goma (sesame seeds) sprinkled on tofu. But then, Derōn-chan's imagination literally took off with "fūsen (balloon) my mom rode to fly away somewhere." YuNi and Derōn-chan tried to outdo each other with progressively lengthy and bizarre nouns phrases. It ended with YuNi saying "sunagimo (chicken gizzards) belonging to an old man whose teeth are falling out" and Derōn-chan replying with "tsubugai (whelk) which I ate so much of I thought I couldn’t eat any more and would never have it again but I still love to eat"! Both of them agreed that third jingle was way too lengthy.

This week's nihongo tip

  • Japanese:もう食べれへん
  • English transliteration: Mō tabere-hen
  • Meaning: I can't eat anymore
  • Comment: If you don't want to say it in Derōn-chan's charming Osaka dialect, the standard Japanese version would be もうたべれない mō taberenai

Here's how YuNi used it on the show:

  • Original: もう食べれへんというぐらいお腹(が)いっぱいになっ(た)…
  • Transliteration: Mō tabere-hen to iu gurai onaka (ga) ippai ni nat(ta)...
  • Translation: My stomach was so stuffed I couldn't eat anymore...
  • Comment: Derōn-chan's sentence continued after that so she actually used te at the end to connect it with another clause, but if you're stopping your sentence there, you should end the verb with ta

And here are a few more examples:

  • 1. とても美味しかったけど、もう食べれません。
  • Totemo oishikatta kedo, mō taberemasen
  • It was very tasty but I can't eat anymore.
  • 2. お腹がいっぱいで、もうたべれないよ
  • Onaka ga ippai de, mō taberenai yo.
  • My stomach is full so I can't eat anymore.

If you'd like to listen to the show, please go to the official page on All Night Nippon i's website:

Episode 10: With guest Kaede Higuchi

YuNi music selection

【Kingdom Hearts】"Hikari"

When Kingdom Hearts 3 was released at the beginning of the year, YuNi was very excited about it, so she recorded this cover of Hikara Utada's theme song "Hikari" (which you may know as "Simple and Clean") from the first Kingdom Hearts.

Licensed to YouTube by UMG (on behalf of EMI); PEDL, LatinAutor - Warner Chappell, LatinAutor - UMPG, LatinAutor, and 7 Music Rights Societies

YuNi original songs playlist:

Today's Guest

NAME: Kaede Higuchi

Debut Date: February 8, 2018 (YouTube)
Affiliation: Nijisanji

Social Media

YouTube Channel: Kaede Higuchi Channel
Twitter: Kaede Higuchi (@HiguchiKaede)

More Information


With permission from © Candee Inc. / © Ren Sakuragi

Ever since she made her debut on May 30th, 2018, Virtual YouTuber and singer YuNi has created a sensation, thanks to her adorable looks, designed by illustrator Ren Sakuragi, her beautiful singing voice, her remarkable range of expression and the frequency of her updates on her YouTube channel. As she states on her account, YuNi's aim is none other than becoming the world's top virtual singer. On 24 April 2019, she released her first album, clear/CoLoR, featuring selected cover songs and original songs composed and arranged by top musical talents such as YUC'e, kz, Hige Driver and la la larks.

Official Website: yunion.wave

Nippon Broadcasting System, Inc.

Nippon Broadcasting System Inc. is the one of biggest commercial radio stations in Japan and is well-known for its call sign, JOLF. In addition, it plays a central role in the radio network called NRN (National Radio Network) across the nation. Since its establishment in 1954, the company has produced a massive array of Japanese-language programs including entertainment, sports, culture and news, headlined by “All Night Nippon”, one of the most popular and longest-running radio talk shows in Japan which has been broadcast for the past 50 years.

Website: Nippon Broadcasting System.

By - Ben K.