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Sweet Potato Picking – Imohori

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Sweet Potato Picking – Imohori

Sweet Potato Picking – Imohori

Sweet potato picking is a favorite outdoor activity for Japanese children in fall. Sweet potatoes are called, "satsumaimo" and the color of the skin is reddish purple. Many kindergartens organize sweet potato picking as a school outing during this season. There are various children books that have an "imohori" theme. One of my favorite books is "Ookina Ookina Oimo (The Great Big Potato)". Simple yet humorous pictures are drawn with only one color, which is the color of the sweet potato. The book shows how wonderful and wild a child's imagination is. It would be nice to be as imaginative as an adult.

Japanese Translation

芋ほり

芋ほりは日本の子供たちに人気のある秋の野外行事です。サツマイモの皮は紫がかった赤い色をしています。多くの幼稚園はこの時期、芋ほり遠足を行います。芋ほりがテーマの絵本はたくさんあります。私のお気に入りのひとつは、「おおきな おおきな おいも」という本です。シンプルで、そしてユーモラスな絵が、サツマイモの色一色で描かれています。この本は子供の想像力のすばらしさをよくあらわしています。大人になっても、そういった想像力があるといいですね。

Romaji Translation

Imohori wa nihon no kodomotachi ni ninkino aru aki no yagai gyouji desu. Satsumaimo no kawa wa murasaki gakatta akai iro o shite imasu. Ooku no youchien wa kono jiki,imohori ensoku o okonaimasu. Imohori ga teema no ehon wa takusan arimasu. Watashi no okiniiri no hitotsu wa, "Ookina Ookina Oimo" to iu hon desu. Shinpuru de, soshite yuumorasuna e ga, satsumaimo no iro isshoku de egakarete imasu. Kono hon wa kodomo no souzouryoku no subarashisa o yoku arawashiteimasu. Otona ni nattemo, sou itta souzouryoku ga aru to ii desu ne.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

There are various children books that have an "imohori" theme.

  • Imohori ga teema no ehon wa takusan arimasu.

  • いもほりが てーまのえほんは たくさんあります。

  • 芋ほりがテーマの絵本はたくさんあります。

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