The Japanese language is rich in words and expressions influenced by nature, history and culture. This episode looks at words and phrases related to cats. Cats have been treasured in Japan for a long time as a way to deal with mice. This long history is reflected in the many expressions related to cats in Japanese. From his home in Kyoto Prefecture, poet and literary translator Peter MacMillan guides us through these words and the culture behind them.
"Nekojita" (cat tongue): preferring your food at a lower temperature
"Nekonadegoe": soft, flattering voice used to humor someone
"Kyuso neko o kamu" (a cornered mouse will bite a cat): when desperate, even a weak person will fight back
"Manekineko": lucky charm believed to beckon good fortune