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Teruteru-bouzu

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Teruteru-bouzu

June is the rainy season (tsuyu) in Japan. It lasts until mid-July in most parts of Japan, except the northern island, Hokkaido. The Japanese children make a little doll called, "teruteru-bouzu" when they wish for a sunny day. They look like little ghosts that you'd see at Halloween. When I first saw little Halloween ghosts in North America, they reminded me of teruteru-bouzu. There is a song about "teruteru-bouzu." When we were little, we sang this song and flipped a shoe to the sky, and if it lands on its face it would be sunny tomorrow. Such simple fun, isn't it?

Japanese Translation

てるてる坊主

 

六月は日本の雨の季節です。梅雨は北海道以外の日本のほとんどの地域で、七月の中ごろまで続きます。日本の子供たちは、よい天気になって欲しいときに、てるてる坊主という小さな人形を作ります。それはハロウィンのときに見かける小さなお化けに似ています。私は初めてハロウィンの小さなお化けを見たときに、まずてるてる坊主を思い起こしました。てるてる坊主の歌があるのですが、子供のとき、その歌を歌いながら空に向けて靴を高く飛ばす遊びをしたものです。もし靴が表向きに地面に落ちたら、明日は晴れになるといわれています。子供って、単純な遊びに楽しみを見出しますよね。

Romaji Translation

Rokugatsu wa nihon no ame no kisetsu desu. Tsuyu wa Hakkaidou igai no nihon no hotondono chiiki de, shichigatsu no nakagoro made tsuzukimasu. Nihon no kodomotachi wa, yoi tenki ni natte hoshii toki ni, teruteru-bouzu to iu chiisana ningyou o tsukurimasu. Sore wa harowin no toki ni mikakeru chiisana obake ni niteimasu. Watashi wa hajimete harowin no chiisana obake o mita toki ni, mazu teruteru-bouzo o omoiokoshimashita. Teruteru-bouzu no uta ga aru no desu ga, kodomo no toki, sono uta o utai nagara sora ni mukete kutsu o takaku tobasu asobi o shita mono desu. Moshi kutsu ga omotemuki ni jimen ni ochitara, asu wa hare ni naru to iwarete imasu. Kodomo tte, tanjunna asobi ni tanoshimi o miidashimasu yo ne.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

June is the rainy season (tsuyu) in Japan.

 

  • Rokugatsu wa nihon no ame no kisetsu desu.

     

     

  • ろくがつは にほんの あめの きせつ (つゆ) です。

     

     

  • 六月は日本の雨の季節(梅雨)です。

     

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