The Japanese language is rich in words and expressions influenced by nature, history and culture. This episode focuses on ships and boats. Japan is an island nation, and ships have been an integral part of Japanese life. This is reflected in the many expressions related to ships and boats. From his home in Kyoto Prefecture, poet and literary translator Peter MacMillan guides us through these words and the culture behind them.
"Funade" (departure of a ship): the launch of an auspicious event
"Kaji o kiru" (turn the rudder): to drastically change course
"Dorobune" (a boat made of mud): something that could sink at any moment
"Takarabune" (treasure boat): a ship loaded with gold, silver and other precious items