Dec 28, 2007
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Dec 15, 2007
I have written a Japanese phrase about a sweet potato. This is a kind of a copy.
And it is a kind of a play of words, so you don't have to consider an important meaning in it.
"Ri"（里） is a unit of length used in the past days in Japan. It is about 3.9273km. "Ku-ri"（九里） means 9-"ri", and is pronounced in same sound of a chestnut（栗（くり））. "Yo-ri"（四里） means 4-"ri", and is in same sound of "yori" that means "than".
Why does "Jyu-san"（十三） appeal at the end of this phrase? The answer is very simple, because 9 plus 4 equal 13.
This phrase is formed with "Shiti-go-chou"（七五調） that is familiar to Japanese people. In other word, it is written in "Goro-ga-ii"（語呂がいい）. Ku-ri-yo-ri-u-ma-i=7, jyu-u-sa-n-ri=5.
In direct meaning of this phrase, "a sweet potato is more delicious than a chestnut".
Dec 10, 2007
Dec 8, 2007
I have learned that "Obama girl" has been very popular in the USA by today's newspaper. This is interesting thing, I think. I tried to find "Hillary boy" or "Clinton boy" on the Internet, but I could not.
P.S. I can find the song's lyrics, here, thanks to Marian-san.
P.S. Thanks to joshf-san, I could learn about this song by "Hillary girl". I think it is very catchy and like it than Obama girl's. But I have not been satisfied with it yet because its singer is a girl, not a boy.
Dec 7, 2007
There was a national ironworks named "Kan-ei Yahata Seitetsu-syo"（官営八幡製鐵所） in the nothern part of Kysuhu. It was taken over a private company, and its name is "Shin-Nihon-Seitetu"（新日本製鉄）.
"Kata-pan"(堅パン )was invented as a light food that was given to its workers by the national company. And it has become a familiar snack to people who live in this area.
When I was a child, I used to eat it. But, in those days, it had only one taste, plane(milk taste). But, now, it has three tastes, strawberry, spinach and sesame besides plane.
"Kata-pan" is well-known for its hardness. But when I ate it last Sunday, I felt that it was not so hard in comparison with what I used to eat in my childhood, and I felt it was a little bit unfortunate thing.
P.S. "Oyatsu " or "O-yatsu" is a general name of light meal that people eat between lunch and dinner. It comes from a traditional time's name "Yatsu-doki"（八つ時）means time between about 2pm and 4pm. Generally, people call a light snack taken at about 3pm "Oyatsu", but you can use it in anytime to call a light snack.
Dec 1, 2007
I would like you to listen to the music and tried to find it on the Internet. But, unfortunately, I could not find a full version, but could find a very short version, here.
And I write its long Japanese title in this pictute.