The Japanese language is rich in words and expressions influenced by nature, history and culture. This episode introduces words related to wagashi, or Japanese sweets. Traditionally made to accompany the tea ceremony, they reflect the seasons and have led to many unique Japanese expressions. From his home in Kyoto Prefecture, poet and literary translator Peter MacMillan guides us through these words and the culture behind them.
"Dango": round dumplings made from rice flour and enjoyed with a variety of toppings
"Hana yori dango": function over form
"Yakimochi": jealousy
"Ochanokosaisai": a piece of cake