I took 3 years of Japanese starting in 1996. A lot has obviously worn off in the last 20 years, but one word that really stuck out was "Mikasa". I swear I saw that it was the word for tangerine or mandarin orange, and it was repeatedly drilled in because my parents have Mikasa brand dinnerware/flatware. I was going to relay that info to a friend who is into anime (because he mentioned Mikasa Ackermann from Attack on Titan), but when I double checked to make sure I didn't look like an idiot, I came up with nothing.

I see that みかん is the word for mandarin orange. Is みかさ some sort of alternative word or brand of fruit or something, and I don't have the right Google-fu to find it?

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For me personally, I have never seen or heard the word "Mikasa" used to refer to oranges. I was born and spent a lot of time in Japan, but I have never heard of the word "Mikasa" except for:

I did a bit of googling to make sure my knowledge was correct, but it seems that the word Mikasa is never used for oranges. I think you may have misremembered something.

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