The Japanese language is rich in words and expressions influenced by nature, history and culture. This episode looks at words related to the moon. The Japanese have always been captivated by the moon, interpreting closely its many expressions and generating new words to describe its many faces. From his home in Kyoto Prefecture, poet and literary translator Peter MacMillan guides us through these words and the culture behind them.
Poet, literary translator and long-time Japan resident Peter MacMillan guides us through unique words from his home in Kyoto
"Mikazuki": the moon that appears on the third night of the lunar month
"Tsukimi": moon viewing
"Oborozuki": a moon partially hidden behind clouds