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 18: Special Guest Aoi Fuji

Welcome to another episode of YuNi no All Night Nippon i
Continuing from last week, YuNi was joined in the studio by fellow Vtuber Aoi Fuji.

Advice Corner: Aoi's turn

After answering listeners' questions in the live portion, it was time for YuNi to answer a question from her guest Aoi. The tone of this episode was a bit more serious than usual, since Aoi had a question about a behavior pattern she wanted to correct.

Aoi explained that she starts doing one thing⁠—working on a Tweet, for example⁠—but then, in the middle of composing the text, she'll remember something else, like a follower's comment she wanted to reply to, and jump on that instead. Or, as another example, she begins writing a blog post but then she'll remember there was another subject she wanted to write about and starts doing that. As a result, her workload increases and she ends up having a hard time completing things.

YuNi said that she deals with her tasks effectively by writing a prioritized To Do list at the beginning of the day. She also suggested that Aoi could get used to leaving things half done in order to finish important things first. Finally, she suggested that Aoi didn't need to cover all the bases when replying, and comments which were a bit "incomplete" weren't necessarily bad since they left more to the follower's imagination!

This week's nihongo tip

  • Japanese: 本気
  • English transliteration: honki
  • Meaning: serious, seriously, earnest, earnestly
  • Comment: 本気 is rarely used as a noun and most commonly used as an adjective or adverb.

Aoi used it twice on the show:

  • Original: これはね、ちょっと本気で考えてきたよ
  • Transliteration: kore wa ne, chotto honki de kangaete kita yo
  • Translation: You know, this... I actually thought about it seriously.
  • Original: ~というのが本気の悩みで...
  • Transliteration: ~to iu no ga honki no nayami de...
  • Translation: ...and that's my serious problem...

Here are a few other examples of how you could use it:

  • Example 1: 本気ですよ
  • Transliteration: honki desu yo
  • Translation: I mean business / I mean what I say
  • Example 2: 君本気か?
  • Transliteration: kimi honki ka?
  • Translation: Are you for real? (Only used in casual conversation)
  • Example 3: 本気でかかってこい!
  • Transliteration: honki de kakatte koi!
  • Translation: Bring it on! Give me all you've got! (Used for fight scenes or competitions in manga and anime, etc. or in real situations as a joke)

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

Episode 18: With guest Aoi Fuji

YuNi music selection

Ultra Soul

Flashback to October of yesteryear when YuNi uploaded this cover of B'z hit single from 2001.

Lyrics by Koshi Inaba, composition by Tak Matsumoto, (original vocals by B'z)

YuNi original songs playlist:

Today's Guest

NAME: Aoi Fuji

Debut Date: December 8, 2017 (YouTube)
Affiliation: Smarprise

Social Media

YouTube Channel: Aoi Fuji Channel
Instagram: fujiaoi_official
Twitter: Aoi Fuji (@fuji_aoi_0618)

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.