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招き猫
みなさんこんにちは、美樹のブログです。
みなさんは招き猫を知っていますか?これは片手をあげて手招きしている猫の置物です。一般的に招き猫は三毛猫という白、茶色、黒の毛を持つ猫ですが、ピンクや金色のものもあります。
右手をあげている猫は金運を、左手をあげている猫は客を招くと言われています。右手も左手も両方あげた猫もありますが、両手をあげている様子が「お手上げ」に見えることからあまり好まれていません。
この招き猫は東京都世田谷区にある豪徳寺が関係しています。昔、豪徳寺は貧しい寺だったそうです。和尚さんは大事に飼っていた猫に「私があなたを大事にしていることがわかるなら、将来何かお返しをしなさい。」と言い聞かせていました。ある日、この寺の前を井伊直弼という武士が通った時、猫は手招きをして武士を寺に招きました。武士が寺で休憩をしていると突然、大雨が降ってきました。雨にぬれないですんだ武士は大喜びし、この寺を立派に建て直したそうです。おかげで和尚さんはとっても喜びました。
猫が死んだ後、和尚さんはお寺に猫のお墓を作って幸福を招く猫のことを世の中に伝えたそうです。今でも豪徳寺にはたくさんの招き猫が置いてあります。
招き猫は日本国内用と海外輸出用とでは手のひらの向きが逆です。これはジェスチャーの文化の違いを表しています。日本では手招きをするジェスチャーをする時、手のひらを下にするんですよ。
みなさんはどんな招き猫が欲しいですか?
それでは、また来週!

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August 27th, 2008 at 06:30 PM
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みなさんこんにちは、美樹のブログです。 みなさんは招き猫を知っていますか?これは片手をあげて手招きしている猫の置物です。一般的に招き猫は三毛猫という白、茶色、黒の毛を持つ猫ですが、ピンクや金色のものもあります。 右手をあげている猫は金運を、左手をあげている猫は客を招くと言われています。右手も左手も両方あげた猫もありますが、両手をあげている様子が「お手上げ」に見えることからあまり好まれていません。 この招き猫は東京都世田谷区にある豪徳寺が関係しています。昔、豪徳寺は貧しい寺だったそうです。和尚さんは大事に飼っていた猫に「私があなたを大事にしていることがわかるなら、将来何かお返しをしなさい。」と言い聞かせていました。ある日、この寺の前を井伊直弼という武士が通った時、猫は手招きをして武士を寺に招きました。武士が寺で休憩をしていると突然、大雨が降ってきました。雨にぬれないですんだ武士は大喜びし、この寺を立派に建て直したそうです。おかげで和尚さんはとっても喜びました。 猫が死んだ後、和尚さんはお寺に猫のお墓を作って幸福を招く猫のことを世の中に伝えたそうです。今でも豪徳寺にはたくさんの招き猫が置いてあります。 招き猫は日本国内用と海外輸出用とでは手のひらの向きが逆です。これはジェスチャーの文化の違いを表しています。日本では手招きをするジェスチャーをする時、手のひらを下にするんですよ。 みなさんはどんな招き猫が欲しいですか? それでは、また来週!

kabukiguy
January 20th, 2010 at 01:19 AM
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Thanks, Jessi. I appreciate your feedback. if you get a chance, please also look at my recent comment/question on the word kakuto in audio blog 101.

Jessi
January 19th, 2010 at 09:38 AM
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Hi kabukiguyさん,

Looking at the English translation, I agree that it doesn't make much sense and is confusing. Your initial interpretation is correct - that the cat's paw faces down in Japan and up in other countries. I've cleaned up the English a bit so hopefully it should make more sense now. :smile: Thank you for pointing that out!

kabukiguy
January 16th, 2010 at 01:25 PM
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And thanks for lettimg me know about the Season 3 Audio Blog. I've been working my way through every blog from the very beginning and am now about to start Season 2. I look forward to hearing the revised approach on the audio.

kabukiguy
January 16th, 2010 at 01:21 PM
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Thank you, Mayumi. However, I'm still not clear on this because I thought 逆meant "opposite," not "upside down," which would probably be 逆様, right? And if the direction of the paw was the same for both Japan and countries to which the cat is exported, why does the next sentence make a big point about cultural differences in gestures? What difference is there if the paw direction is always the same? Sorry to bother you with this, but I'm really curious about understanding the translation. I thought mayb there was a misprint and the "様" part of 逆様 was omitted, but the romaji and hiragana both give "gyaku."

Mayumi
January 15th, 2010 at 02:18 PM
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kabukiguy-san,


Thank you for your feedback!

The translation for this sentence says "The direction of the paw is upside down for Japan and for export to other countries." It seems to make sense to me.


We started to have the dialog track from Audio Blog Season 2, in which you can listen to only the blog section without any intro or marketing phrases. Feedbacks from our listeners are always valuable for us! Thank you again! :wink:

kabukiguy
January 15th, 2010 at 08:53 AM
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I'd like to add my agreement with those who find the use of ads in the audio annoying. These audio segments should be devoted solely to hearing the blog itself, not all the other stuff. Even the portions spoken by the Yuiichi and Hiroko become intrusive when you want to listen over and over to a lesson. Those portions should be on a separate link. And since they are one of the rare opportunities on this site to hear people having a presumbaly real conversation, they should be provided with written assistance to help follow their points. The blogs are supposedly teaching Japanese, but it's a very controlled Japanese, written for students. If students need such controlled lessons, why do you imagine they're suddenly going to understand everything said during the intros and follow-ups? This is one of many ways your site could be improved.

kabukiguy
January 15th, 2010 at 07:27 AM
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The blog contains the following sentence.

招き猫は日本国内用と海外輸出用とでは手のひらの向きが逆です.

The English version says it means: The direction of the paw is for Japan and for export to other countries.

Aside from the fact that this doesn't make sense, isn't the point that the paw's direction is the opposite (gyaku) for Japan and other countries? That is actually what the next sentence declares. If someone else pointed this out, I apologize for overlooking it, but if I'm correct it should be fixed.

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September 9th, 2008 at 09:59 AM
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Martin san> Thank you for the opinion :dogeza: your request was also added to our "suggestion list" :grin:

Martin
September 9th, 2008 at 12:21 AM
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I agree with the comments above re the advertising. I am already a paid member to the site and don't understand why I have to sit through endless boring ads for **** audio books

Yuichi
September 5th, 2008 at 12:36 PM
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プチクレアさんと、Hirokoさん


ひろこさんと指の折り方が違いました!Ooops!

たぶん、ひろこさんの指の折り方は、「数を、人に見せるために」する方法ですね。

僕の指の折り方は、「自分で数えるために」する方法だと思います:grin: