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Randoseru – Japanese School Bag

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Randoseru – Japanese School Bag

Randoseru

The Japanese school year starts in April. In this month the entrance ceremony is held everywhere for new students, kindergarten through to university. Japanese elementary school children traditionally wear a school bag called "randoseru". In the old days, the colors of the randoseru were generally black for boys and red for girls. Today there are many colors to choose from, up to 24 colors! Randoseru is kind of a symbol for children in grade one. It is cute to see them going to school with a randoseru that almost seems too big for their little bodies (they will use it for the next 6 years). I remember being so excited about my shinny red randoseru when I entered grade one. I used it every day until I graduated from elementary school.

Japanese Translation

ランドセル

日本の学期は四月に始まります。この時期、幼稚園から大学まであらゆるところで、入学式が行われます。日本の小学生は普通、ランドセルというかばんを持って、学校に通います。昔は、ランドセルの色といえば、男の子が黒で、女の子が赤というのが一般的でした。今では、24色ものいろいろな色から選ぶことができます。ランドセルは一年生の象徴ともいえます。小さな体にちょっと大きすぎるようなランドセルをしょった一年生が、学校に通う姿はかわいいものです。(ランドセルは小学校の六年間使うことになります。)私も一年生になったとき、真っ赤でピカピカのランドセルがとてもうれしかったことを覚えています。そしてそれを小学校を卒業するまで、毎日使いました。

Romaji Translation

Nihon no gakki wa shigatsu ni hajimarimasu. Kono jiki, youchien kara daigaku made arayuru tokoro de, nyuugakushiki ga okonawaremasu. Nihon no shougakusei wa futsuu, randoseru to iu kaban o motte, gakkou ni kayoimasu. Mukashi wa, randoseru no iro to ieba, otokonoko ga kuro de, onnanoko ga aka to iu no ga ippanteki deshita. Ima dewa, nijuuyonshoku mo no iroirona iro kara erabu koto ga dekimasu. Randoseru wa ichinensei no shouchou to mo iemasu. Chiisana karada ni chotto ookisugiru youna randoseru o shotta ichinensei ga, gakkou ni kayou sugata wa kawaii mono desu. (Randoseru wa shougakkou no rokunenkan tsukau koto ni narimasu.) Watashi mo ichinensei ni natta toki, makka de pika pika no randoseru ga totemo ureshikatta koto o oboeteimasu. Soshite sore o shougakkou o sotsugyou suru made, mainichi tsukaimashita.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

I used randoseru every day until I graduated from elementary school.

  • Watashi wa randoseru o shougakkou o sotsugyou suru made, mainichi tsukaimashita.
  • わたしは らんどせるを しょうがっこうを そつぎょうするまで まいにち つかいました。
  • 私はランドセルを小学校を卒業するまで、毎日使いました。

Learn More

"Pika pika" is one of onomatopoeic phrases, which expresses, "to shine brightly." Grade one children are often referred to as "pika pika no ichinensei", since they are very new and fresh to school. Click here to learn more about onomatopoeic phrases.

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