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Ten Takaku Uma Koyuru Aki (天高く馬肥ゆる秋 – Autumn with the Sky Clear and Blue, and Horses Growing Stout)

  • Ten Takaku Uma Koyuru Aki


    Comfortable weather in autumn is sometimes described as ten takaku uma koyuru aki (天高く馬肥ゆる秋) in Japanese.

    Since ten (天) means “sky,” takaku (高く) means “high,” uma (馬) means “horse,” koyuru (肥ゆる) means “to grow fat,” and aki (秋) means autumn, the literal meaning of ten takaku uma koyuru aki is “Autumn, when the sky is high, and horses grow fat.”
    「天」は “sky”、「高く」は “high”、「馬」は “horse”、「肥ゆる」は “to grow fat”、「秋」は “autumn” を意味するので、「天高く馬肥ゆる秋」の文字どおりの意味は “” となります。

    In autumn, you will feel the sky is high due to the clear air.

    In addition, in this harvest season, horses will have a good appetite and grow fat.

    In other words, this phrase represents the comfort of such autumn.

    This phrase came from a traditional Chinese saying and was initially used to warn that looting was likely to occur in autumn.

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