Fune wo Kogu (船を漕ぐ – Rowing a Boat)

  • Fune wo Kogu (船を漕ぐ – Rowing a Boat)


    I often do an act called fune wo kogu (船を漕ぐ) while sitting in my chair.

    Fune (船) means “a boat” or “a ship” and kogu (漕ぐ) means “to row.”
    「船」は “boat,” 「漕ぐ」は “to row” を意味します。

    Of course, the expression fune wo kogu can literally mean to row a boat.
    もちろん「船を漕ぐ」という表現は、文字通り “to row a boat” を意味することもあります。

    However, if someone says it in a conversation unrelated to “boat/ship” or “sea/ocean,” it would mean to nod off or to be about to fall asleep.

    This is because a person who is about to fall asleep moves their body forwards and backwards and it looks as if they are rowing a boat.

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