Metaphor

Metaphor

In Japan, when we saw someone was beaten up terribly, we say “You look like a potato”, but our neighbour country, Korean says “like a flounder”.
Expression is different from each country.

poteto

Today, I’d like to introduce a metaphor through foods in Japan and the world.

Eggs

trainng

”The goose and the golden egg” is a well-known story from Aesop’s fables.
From this story, the word “Egg” has become a metaphor in Japan for a person who is immature but has high potential.

“egg” has not yet become a chick even,So eggs have come to mean people in training or studying.

hiyoko

For example, we say person like above person as “egg of doctor”.

The inexperienced are called ”Hiyokko”(chick).

It is used not only for people, but also for things.
For example, we say “Typhoon egg” . This means  a typhoon that has just emerged.

typhoon egg

However, a full-skilled person is never called a chicken!

Packed like oil sardines

packed sushi

Western country people often call Tokyo’s train in the morning, are like oil sardines.

We call such a condition “Packed like Sushi”.
Very Japanese expression!

Nonsense

zako

An expression of nonsense things are as follows.

Japanese calls tiny fishes as “Zako” .
German calls “cheese”.
English calls “nuts”.

Ugly

cow

The Japanese call it “Pumpkin in bank” means plain.  (This word is BUSU for woman and BUSAIKU for guys, also…never say these words😣). It is also often expressed in dango, dumpling.
A big and round nose is teased “dumpling nose” .

In Korea, it’s a pumpkin.
USA people often use a dog. 
Chinese calls a cow woman.
Russian calls as a killer bee.

Stupid

nasu

The expression of stupid is expressed by vegetables or animals in every country.

In Japan, it’s “Boke-nasu” and “Otanko-nasu” . “Nasu” means eggplant.

Italy is cabbage or pumpkin.
Russia calls a goat.
Arabs say donkey.
USA calls pumpkin or potatoes.
Spain calls a sea bream! Why?

Poison

poison

I’ve heard that green color means poison in western countries.
Asian never think so because, green looks like green tea.

So when we see green drink in foreign games, We are misunderstanding poison as a green tea, so we drink because we got that green tea can recover strength. Then game over…Terrible!😱

As for Japanese one is purple color.
This maybe it’s related with aconite.

kakigoori

Russia is blue.
I have laughed a story.
When someone tried to treat a blue shaved ice to Russian, he dashed away.

Lucky food

taiyaki

In Japan, it’s kelp and sea bream(Tai). So Taiyaki is a good omen.

Cuba, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Austria and Germany are pig is lucky food.
Hungary is lentils.

The southern USA is cornbread.
Turkey is pomegranate.
China is whole fish.

By the way, sexy movies are called blue films in English, but in Japan and France are pink. in China they say yellow, In Spain is green, In Italy is red… Why are they so different color?

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