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Yukidaruma - Japanese Snowman

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Yukidaruma - Japanese Snowman

When it snowed I was excited to make a snowman. I tried to put two large snowballs together, just like how I used to do it in Japan, but I was told that it has to be three snowballs in North America. The Japanese word for snowman is "yukidaruma". "Yuki" means, "snow" and "Daruma" is a round wish doll with no arms or legs. It represents the Zen monk, Bodhidharma, and snowmen in Japan are modeled after it. It is always very interesting to find out culture differences, even when it is only snowmen. How do you say a snowman in your language and what do they look like?

Japanese Translation

雪だるま

雪が降ったときに、私は喜んで雪だるまを作り始めました。日本でそうしていたように、大きな雪の玉をふたつ重ねようとしていると、三ついるよと言われました。日本語では、snowman は雪だるまといいます。だるまとは、手足のない丸くて赤い人形です。禅宗の開祖である達磨の座った姿を基にしています。たとえ、それがただの雪だるまのことであっても、文化の違いに気づかされるのはとても面白いことです。あなたの国では雪だるまを何と言いますか。そして、どんな形をしていますか。

Romaji Translation

Yuki ga futta toki ni, watashi wa yorokonde yukidaruma o tsukurihajimemashita. Nihon de sou shiteita youni, ookina yuki no tama o futatsu kasaneyou to shiteiru to, mittsu iru yo to iwaremashita. Nihongo dewa, snowman wa yukidaruma to iimasu. Daruma towa, teashi no nai marukute akai ningyou desu. Zenshuu no kaiso de aru daruma no suwatta sugata o moto ni shiteimasu. Tatoe, sore ga tada no yukidaruma no koto de attemo, bunka no chigai ni kizukasareru nowa totemo omoshiroi koto desu. Anata no kuni dewa yukidaruma o nan to iimasu ka. Soshite, donna katachi o shiteimasu ka.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

How do you say a snowman in your language?

  • Anata no kuni dewa yukidaruma o nan to iimasu ka.
  • あなたの くにでは ゆきだるまを なんと いいますか。
  • あなたの国では雪だるまを何と言いますか。

Learn More

Click here to read my blog, "The Beauty of Snow".

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