Thursday, January 1, 2009

Today's color is orange

In my recent post on ephemerality of color names I wrote how these days オレンジ (orenji) is more frequent than 橙 (ダイダイ, daidai). Well, there is an exception — today's color is daidai, which is also the pronounciation for 代代, which is translated as for generations, hereditary, generation after generation.

With this linguistic game, today's color is orange and in Japan today people have offered mirror rice cakes (鏡餅, かがみもち) at their home altars, where the mirror's face is made out of a bitter orange.

Read all about it on Wikipedia's entry on kagami mochi.

今年も どうぞ 宜しくお願いします

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