Trees
The Japanese language is rich in words and expressions influenced by nature, history and culture. This episode looks at words related to trees. Japan is a land of trees - two-thirds of the country is covered by forests. Trees support people's lives, and in turn, they have a deep respect for trees. Various expressions relating to trees have developed over time. Join poet, literary translator and long-time Japan resident Peter MacMillan and explore unique words and the culture behind them.
"aoba" green leaves
"goshinboku" sacred tree
"kodama" tree spirit
"komorebi" sunlight filtering through leaves