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Taka wo Kukuru

  • Today I will talk about the Japanese idiom “taka wo kukuru.”


    “Taka wo kukuru” means to predict an amount of something easily, and to downplay it.

    “Taka” means an amount of harvesting or income, and “kukuru” means to bundle something or to calculate something in advance.

    Therefore, the literal meaning of this idiom is just to predict an amount of something.

    The reason why it contains the meaning of downplaying is considered to be derived from the fact that we estimated military forces based on “kokudaka” (which means a kind of unit to express productivities of lands) during Edo period in Japan.

    Original sentence