The Japanese language is rich in words and expressions influenced by nature, history and culture. This episode introduces words related to tori, or birds. For ages, the sight of birds soaring in the sky has thrilled people the world over. Guided by poet and literary translator Peter MacMillan, we explore unique Japanese words and expressions inspired by the appearances, habits and sounds of birds.
"Suzume no namida": a tiny amount
"Ugo no shu": an unruly crowd
"Oshidori fufu": lovebirds
"Kokekokko": onomatopoeia for the cry of a rooster