Foot and Leg
The Japanese language is rich in words and expressions influenced by nature, history and culture. This episode introduces words related to ashi, which means both foot and leg. They have many important pressure points and play a significant role in blood flow. They've even been called the "second heart." We follow poet, literary translator and long-time Japan resident Peter MacMillan as he takes a walk around his home in Kyoto Prefecture. He guides us through unique words and expressions along the way.
"Ashi ga bo ni naru" (legs turning into sticks): to be exhausted
"Nisoku no waraji o haku": to wear two hats
"Ashi o arau" (wash one's feet): to clean up one's act
"Hiza o majieru": to sit together for a chat