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Donburako (どんぶらこ)

  • Donburako


    Today, I would like to introduce a unique onomatopoeia donburako (どんぶらこ).

    Donburako is an onomatopoeia representing that a heavy and large thing bobbing up and down in the stream of water.

    It is thought to come from another onomatopoeic word dobun (どぶん), which represents a sound when something is dropped into water.

    Almost all Japanese people will imagine a scene of a big peach flowing in a river when hearing donburako.

    This is because there is such a scene at the beginning of the famous tale of old Japan, momotarō (桃太郎).

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