snowfalling on gaikokujin

Snow..."yuki" in japanese. "Yuki neh? Daijobu ka?" Our host, Mikiko asked this of University aged daughter as she came in from a quick dip into the curtain of snow. A literal translation in English: "Snowing isn't it? Ok?" What she meant: "It's snowing out there, are you cold?" My skill with the Japanese language, being only passable at the grocery store, I was excited to understand both what she said and what she meant. Both mother and daughter enjoyed the snow for different reasons. Daughter because of the novelty, the quick dash into the sharp cold and slow whiteness, the mother because the daughter enjoyed it. We are as far from home as we can be but I can still see what makes me love the small things in people.

"Yuki neh? Daijobu ka?"
"I Love you too mom."


At 4:25 AM, Anonymous the pretty hippy said...

It has been so long since I've looked at this blog. It looks great! I'm so excited to see you guys when you get back!

At 10:04 PM, Blogger neonvirus.com said...

wow.. starting to get that good at japanese? (this is who i think it is, right?) wow, thats cool... isnt it feel good to understand another language? ^o^

At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Diego said...

Welcome back! And the comments are back online! Woohoo!

At 2:36 PM, Blogger Nymeria said...

Nick and Lisa and I think that snow is cool too! In Portland it snows some times too. But it's also sunny and rainy and stormy and warm and cool and humid and dry and all some times on the same day. Around here they say "if you don't like the weather, just wait ten minutes."


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