The Japanese language is rich in words and expressions influenced by nature, history and culture. This episode looks at words related to the morning. Japanese people cherish the subtle changes in nature, and they have been particularly fond of the quiet hours in the early morning. The moment of sunrise alone has produced many beautiful expressions. Poet, literary translator, and long-time Japan resident Peter MacMillan guides us through unique words and the culture behind them.
"Akebono": the time when the sky gradually grows brighter
"Asatsuyu": morning dew
"Asameshimae" (literally, "before breakfast"): a piece of cake