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Tsukiyo ni Chōchin (月夜に提灯 – Unnecessary)

  • Tsukiyo ni Chōchin


    Unnecessary or useless things are sometimes described as tsukiyo ni chōchin (月夜に提灯) in Japanese.

    Since tsuki (月) means “moon,” yo (夜) means “night,” and chōchin (提灯) means “(traditional Japanese) lantern,” the literal meaning of tsukiyo ni chōchin is “a Japanese lantern on a moonlit night.”
    「月」は “moon”、「夜」は “night”、「提灯」は “(traditional Japanese) lantern” を意味するので、「月夜に提灯」の文字どおりの意味は “a Japanese lantern on a moonlit night” となります。

    “Moonlit night” here refers to “a night with a full and bright moon.”

    Such a night is already bright enough, so lanterns are unnecessary.

    However, in my opinion, a scene with a traditional Japanese lantern on a moonlit night is atmospheric and attractive.

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