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I-ro-ha Karuta いろはかるた - 05-09-2009, 05:24 AM

IROHA KARUTA is a card matching game by which Japanese children learns Japanese characters and words. KARUTA is originally come from Portuguese meaning card.



Refer to Iroha - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia for detail of IROHA which is a poem using all Japanese alphabet only once by each.

In this thread, I would like to introduce Edo (ancient Tokyo) version of IROHA karuta one by one.

Here is comparison of each version of IROHA KARUTA for your reference.
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いぬもあるけばぼうにあたる - 05-09-2009, 05:34 AM

犬も歩けば棒にあたる: いぬもあるけばぼうにあたる; inu mo aruke-ba bou-ni ataru

This has two interpretation.
1) During walking around, a dog could be beaten.
2) During walking around, a dog could happen to come across unexpected luckey.

I believie that should be 2). Above 1) seems to be rather old.


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ろんよりしょうこ - 05-10-2009, 03:48 AM

論より証拠:ろん より しょうこ; ron yori shouko
(It is more important to have) evidence than discussions.


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はなよりだんご - 05-10-2009, 03:53 AM

花より団子: はな より だんご; hana yori dango
(It is more important to have) rice cake than flower.

Effective benefits are more welcome than decoration or romance symbolized by flower.

It came from a sceen where a man eats rice case without enjoying chery blossom at the Hanami(Cherry blossom watching) party.

Famouce J-drama 花より男子 is ironical modification of this phrase.


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にくまれっこよにはばかる - 05-10-2009, 03:58 AM

憎まれっ子世に憚る;  にくまれっこ よに はばかる; nikumare-kko yo-ni habakaru
Bad child could make a man who does not hesitate after getting adult.

My dictionary shown "Ill weeds grow apace" for this.


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ほねおりぞんのくたびれもうけ - 05-12-2009, 01:01 PM

骨折り損のくたびれ儲け:ほねおりぞん-の-くたびれ-もうけ

Though made painful effort, resulted in vain.

骨折り is breaking bones and also used as "making painful effort".

損 is loss or dis-advantage meaning "having made painful effort was just a loss".

くたびれる:got fatigue
くたびれもうけ:  as a result, what you earn was just fatigue.


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へをひってしりをつぼめる - 05-12-2009, 01:11 PM

屁をひって尻窄める:へをひってしりをつぼめる;he wo hitte shiri wo tubomeru

Breaking wind and then tighten the ass.

Doing something wrong and pretending to have done nothing.


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としよりのひやみず - 05-12-2009, 01:16 PM

年寄りの冷や水:としよりのひやみず;Toshiyori-no-Hiyamizu

Old man bathing with cold water.

Old man should not pretend to be young.


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ちりもつもればやまとなる - 05-12-2009, 01:19 PM

塵も積もれば山となる:ちりもつもればやまとなる;Chiri mo tsumo-reba yama to naru

Even small dust can make a mountain when accumulated.


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りちぎもののこだくさん - 05-12-2009, 01:24 PM

律義者の子沢山:りちぎもののこだくさん;Richigi-mono no ko-dakusan

Honest man will have many children

Honest man will jave many children because he loves his wife and will not play around leaving his wife.


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