The Word of The Year 2015 hosted by U-CAN was announced on Dec.1st and two words were chosen. One of them is “Triple Three” and the other is “baku-gai”(/ explosive shopping).
The first one is a great titles of a baseball player who has achieved “a batting average of 300 or higher, 30 or more home runs, and 30 or more base stealings in the same single season”. To achieve this is so difficult that only eight players have achieved this title during the 80 years of the Japanese pro-baseball history and the last one was made in 2002. However, this year two players have achieved the remarkable title for the first time in 13 years, namely Yuki Yanagida of Doftbank Hawks and Tetsuhito Yamada of Yakult Swallows.
And the second word “baku-gai” or “explosive shopping” is a nickname of the current phenomenon of huge or even binge shopping done by Chinese tourists in Japan. This year the number of Chinese tourists visiting Japan has increased so rapidly and a lot of them enjoy shopping at comodity stores, electric appliance stores, restaurants and so forth. At the award’s ceremony of the Word of The Year, Luo Yiwen from China, the president of LAOX, one of the major home appliance store chains popular among foreign visitors including Chinese “explosve shopping customers” received the award on behalf of the the baku-gai phenomenon. The store chain prepares a various services for those customers, such as providiing chinese speaking staffers. The situation is expected to maintain and satisfy even more foriegn tourists to Japan.