In Japanese, "good morning" is pronounced "ohayou" which is pronounced almost exactly like the name of the US state "Ohio."

In Sydney, the UDU attendees got a tour of Sydney’s harbor and heard about the time in the second world war that a Japanese submarine was attacked by the US warship Ohio in Sydney’s harbor.

I can imagine a moment of confusion as one crew member on the Japanese submarine sees the US warship coming and frantically wakes up his sleeping comrade by pointing at a porthole and yelling "Ohio!"

In a situation like that, a moment of confusion can mean the difference between life and death.

3 Replies to “Ohio-gozaimasu!”

  1. Too bad we started the tour at night. And the buses were heavily tinted. We were in the first bus and all we saw was darkness :)

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