[DYK] Parts of the Body Trivia

In Japanese culture, the eyes are the most important part of the face. Japanese has many proverbs about eyes, and one of them says “the eye talks as much as the mouth does”, which means you can express and read emotions through eyes. This is one reason why eyes of Japanese manga and animation characters are exaggerated.

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The nose is the least important part of the face in Japanese culture.

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In colloquial Japanese, the word “bero” is more commonly used for tongue.

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In colloquial Japanese, the word “odeko” is more commonly used for forehead.

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Kubi also means firing a person. It comes from decapitation as a metaphor of dismissal.

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Tenohira (palm) consists of three parts: te (hand), the genitive marker no, and hira (flat surface).

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Tenokou (back of the hand) word consists of three parts: te (hand), the genitive marker no, and kou (tortoise shell).

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The word “oya” means parent, so oyakubi literally means parent finger.

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Hitosashiyubi comes from “hito” (person), “sashi” (the noun form of the verb “sasu”, which means point), and yubi (finger), so its literal meaning is person-pointing finger.

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Since the word “naka” means middle, nakayubi is exactly the same as middle finger.

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The word “kusuri” means medicine, and kusuriyubi literally means medicine finger. The ring finger often has a strange name in many languages, such as ring finger in English and “wúmíngzhî” in Mandarin, which literally means nameless finger. Those names are probably related; ancient people thought the ring finger was a magic finger.

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The prefix “ko” means little, so koyubi is the same as little finger.

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またね。

Source:
www.sf.airnet.ne.jp/_ts/japanese/index.html
http://www.anikaos.com/chibi_anime_gifs_gallery.html
http://sugroups.wustl.edu/~anime/library/inventory.cgi?title=%5E%5BI-O%5D

http://tell.fll.purdue.edu/JapanProj//FLClipart/Medical.html 

One Response to [DYK] Parts of the Body Trivia

  1. Sirione says:

    naruto to asuka kawaii! oops, spam!😄

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