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Radio Exercises - Rajio Taisou

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Radio Exercises - Rajio Taisou

日本の夏はとても蒸し暑いです。湿度は70~80%にも達します。確かに快適とはいえない時期ですが、それでも日本の夏が懐かしく思えることはたくさんあります。子供のころ、私は毎朝早く神社の境内でおこなわれるラジオ体操に通っていました。(朝の六時半に始まりました。)ラジオ体操とは、多くの日本人にとって、なじみのある体操です。体操はピアノ伴奏に伴って、一斉に行われます。ラジオ体操には出席カードがあって、行くたびにはんこを押してもらえます。私は、カードにはんこがたまっていくのがうれしくて、ラジオ体操に休まずいっていました。ラジオ体操の音楽を聞くと、昔のことが思い出されます。何年もたった今でも、このリズムを聞くと自然と体が動き出すのは面白いものです。

Romaji Translation

Nihon no natsu wa totemo mushiatsui desu. Shitsudo wa 70~80% nimo tasshimasu. Tashikani kaiteki towa ienai jiki desu ga, soredemo nihon no natsu ga natsukashiku omoeru koto wa takusan arimasu. Kodomo no koro, watashi wa maiasa hayaku jinja no keidai de okonawareru rajio taisou ni kayotte imashita. (Asa no rokuji han ni hajimarimashita.) Rajio taisou towa, ooku no nihonjin ni totte, najimi no aru taisou desu. Taisou wa piano bansou ni tomonatte, isseini okonawaremasu. Rajio taisou niwa shusseki-kaado ga atte, iku tabini hanko o oshite moraemasu. Watashi wa, kaado ni hanko ga tamatte iku noga ureshikute, rajio taisou ni yasumazu itte imashita. Rajio taisou no ongaku o kiku to, mukashi no koto ga omoidasaremasu. Nannen tatta ima demo, kono rizumu o kiku to shizen to karada ga ugokidasu nowa omoshiroi mono desu.

English Translation

Japanese summer is very hot and humid. The humidity reaches up to 70~80 %. It is obviously not a comfortable time, but there are many things that I miss about the Japanese summer. When I was little, early every morning I would go to a local shrine to do "radio exercises" (they started at 6:30 a.m.). Radio exercises (rajio taisou) is a form of physical activity that most Japanese are familiar with. The instructions are synchronized to light piano music. There is an attendance card for rajio taisou and you get a stamp on it when you come. I didn't want to miss rajio taisou because I liked seeing my card fill up with stamps. The music of rajio taisou makes me nostalgic. It is funny, after all these years my body still remembers the exercises whenever I hear the music.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

It is obviously not a comfortable time.

  • Tashikani kaiteki towa ienai jiki desu.
  • たしかに かいてき とは いえない じき です。
  • 確かに快適とはいえない時期です。

Learn More

Click this link to read about "Symbols of Japanese summer". You can watch the video of school children doing rajio-taisou for Sports Day.

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