EssayJapanese traditionUncorrected

Hadazamui (肌寒い – Chilly)

  • Hadazamui


    It is raining today, so I feel a little cold air in spite of summer.

    To feeling a cold like this is expressed as ‘hadazamui‘ (肌寒い) in Japanese.

    Hada‘ (肌) means “skin” and ‘zamui/samui‘ (寒い) means “to feel cold.”
    「肌」は “skin,” 「寒い」は “to feel cold” を意味します。

    That is to say, hadazamui literally means to feel a little cold on your skin.

    However, since ‘hadazamu‘ (肌寒) was originally a season word for autumn in haiku (俳句 – Japanese seventeen-syllable poems), traditionally, this term was used from the end of summer to the beginning of autumn.

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