October 23, 2022

Learn Japanese with 月美さん: やめろ

This manga was by 臼井儀人(うすいよしと) who also did クレヨンしんちゃん. Like クレヨンしんちゃん, the manga portrays a somewhat typical Japanese family going about their lives, but instead of the silliness coming from the 5-year old しんちゃん, it comes from the “super housewife” 月美(つきみ)さん.

The manga is mostly a (よん)コマ漫画(まんが) which means most of the gag stories are finished in just four panels.

You could describe 月美(つきみ)さん as being マイペース. 「マイペース」is a fun katakana-English word that means “to do things at one’s own pace.” She does what she wants without much regard to how embarrassing it might be to her husband and daughters.

The Characters

The characters in today's lesson:

  • 川越(かわごし) 月美(つきみ) the “super housewife”
  • 川越(かわごし) 日出男(ひでお) her husband

The Setting

In today’s lesson, 日出男(ひでお)さん, the husband, is relaxing in his 布団(ふとん) which is “Japanese bedding consisting of a mattress and a duvet.” It’s very warm and on a cold day, you may not want to exit from it. 日出男(ひでお)さん is relaxing under his covers while reading a book.

I think that is just a 布団(ふとん) that he’s under, but it could also be a コタツ. The コタツ is perhaps Japan’s greatest invention ever. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but if you have ever used one in the middle of a cold winter, I think you will agree.

A コタツ is a table drapped with a heavy covering and underneath, there is a heat lamp that feels so good on a cold day. Once you get in a コタツ, it is very difficult to get out.

Key Phrase

The key phrase for today's lesson is:


やめろ is a command form of やめる (to quit; to stop).

The husband is telling his wife to “just stop it.” You’ll see why after reading the panels.

Ready to get started?



Please note, the scanned images are for educational purposes only and considered to be under fair use. This lesson is based on a comic strip from the スーパー主婦(しゅふ)月美(つきみ)さん #5 manga. The manga is quite fun, please purchase the full manga for more.

First, try listening while reading along. Don't worry if you don't understand much. We'll break it down line-by-line below.

Panel 1


[月美(つきみ)さん]  あなた

[日出男(ひでお)さん] ん?

Panel 2

[月美(つきみ)さん] 明日(あした)朝食用(ちょうしょくよう)のパンと牛乳(ぎゅうにゅう) 買()(わす)れちゃったから  (ちか)くのコンビニまで


Panel 3

[日出男(ひでお)さん] おいおい  ネグリジェ姿(すがた)じゃ  はずかしいだろ  やめろよ

Panel 4

[月美(つきみ)さん] だいじょうぶ  パックしてるから  (だれ)だかわからない 

[日出男(ひでお)さん] やめろ

Dialogue Line-by-Line

Let's go through each panel, focusing on understanding the vocabulary.


[月美(つきみ)さん]  あなた

[日出男(ひでお)さん] ん?

Vocabulary & Notes





Vocabulary & Notes





Vocabulary & Notes





Vocabulary & Notes

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