The Japanese language is rich in words and expressions influenced by nature, history and culture. This episode introduces words associated with water. Water has long been regarded as plentiful and accessible in Japan. It is deeply embedded in Japanese culture and is even used to describe human relationships and life itself. Poet, literary translator and long-time Japan resident Peter MacMillan guides us through these unique words and the culture behind them.
"Misogi": using water to purify both mind and body
"Mizutama" (literally, "waterdrop"): polka dots
A trickle of water goes, "choro choro"
Poet, literary translator and long-time Japan resident Peter MacMillan guides us through unique words from his home in Kyoto Prefecture