The Japanese language is rich in words and expressions influenced by nature, history and culture. This episode looks at words related to wind. Due to its geographical location, Japan experiences different types of wind depending on the season. If you include regional words for wind, there are said to be over 1,000 different names for the wind in Japanese, and people have had a rich relationship with wind. From his home in Kyoto Prefecture, poet and literary translator Peter MacMillan guides us through words that were born from this culture.
Soyokaze: a gentle breeze
Fuji oroshi: the wind that blows down Mt. Fuji
Furin: Japanese wind chimes, which are only put out in the summer
Kogarashi: a harsh, icy wind that blows away tree leaves in the winter