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Akinasu wa Yome ni Kuwasuna (秋茄子は嫁に食わすな – Don’t Let Daughter-in-Law Eat Autumn Eggplants)

  • Akinasu wa Yome ni Kuwasuna


    Yesterday, I introduced the etymology of “nasu” (茄子 – eggplant).

    Today I’d like to talk about a Japanese proverb that uses the word, “Aaki-nasu wa yome ni kuwasuna” (秋茄子は嫁に食わすな).

    The literal meaning of it is “Don’t let daughter-in-law eat autumn eggplants,” but there are several interpretations about this.
    文字通りの意味は “Don’t let daughter-in-law eat autumn eggplants” ですが、さまざまな解釈があります。

    Commonly, this proverb is often used to mean that autumn eggplants are very delicious, so it should not let hateful daughter-in-law eat them.

    In addition, it’s sometimes used to mean that daughter-in-law/wife blessed with a baby shouldn’t eat eggplants too much because they chill the body, or since autumn eggplants have few seeds, it may become difficult to make a baby (this is a kind of superstition).

    Original sentence