I am trying to convey a meaning using old Japanese numeral wordplay. The idea is to say something similar to the word for Sweets or Confection with up to 3 numbers. My understanding is that this word is Okashi. I have gotten as far as to get 0_4. I seem unable to complete this word however, as I am missing a number that represents the "Ka" sound. How should I best convey the idea of a cake, candy, or other sweet confection through this method?

This is apparently a code used on old Japanese pagers. For example: 831 converts to Veggie, 049 = Swim, 187 = Spark

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    This seems off topic to me. Also, I'm not sure how zero represents "O" except by mere shape in Japanese. Though in English, we read the number zero as "oh" sometimes, this is not something that is done in Japanese as far as I know. Generally, 0 is read as ゼロ or レイ, but not お – A.Ellett Nov 3 '20 at 0:59
  • I am trying to use a special form of text code that was apparently used in Japanese pagers. – Dee Lysh Nov 3 '20 at 2:57
  • Thanks for the explanation. Now I can see that this makes more sense. And the examples in the question also help clarify. – A.Ellett Nov 3 '20 at 3:27
  • The Wikipedia page about this kind of wordplay (numerical "goroawase") lists the common sounds that can be represented ; unfortunately the sound "ka" is not one of them. ja.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/… Maybe you can try to find a synonym of お菓子 with which it would work better? – wip Nov 3 '20 at 4:39
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    I also found this page that converts words for you ; for Sweets it returns 054 nin-fan.net/tool/goro/%E3%81%8A%E3%81%8B%E3%81%97 – wip Nov 3 '20 at 4:41

I think that おかし is not appropriate for your wordplay because "ka" sound doesn't exist in Japanese numbers' sound. I think that おやつ is appropriate, and it is 082.

  • That "snack" seems like a wonderful choice, though I don't quite follow the translation. I see that the 0 is "O" and 8 "yattsu" I think, but is 2 also "tsu"? – Dee Lysh Nov 3 '20 at 18:15
  • 0 is "O", 8 is "ya" and 2 is "tsu" because of "two(ツー)". – Yuuichi Tam Nov 3 '20 at 19:01

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