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2015/11/15

"F" is for Foxes

In Japanese, foxes are called, "kitsune".  The word, "kitsune" is used in English to describe foxes in Japanese folklore.

The fox in Japan is a symbolic animal, which represents the messenger of the god, or goddess of rice and fertility. This god is called "Inari-kami".

Foxes look like little dogs, golden brown in clolr and run very very fast.  They are clever and can outsmart the hunter.  We have an expression in English to describe a person who is shrewd and able to escape when seemingly caught in difficult situations.

We say, "He (or she) is sly like a fox !"  "Sly" means clever, but has a rather negative nuiance.

In England, the fox hunt is a popular sport, especially for the upper class and in particular for royalty.

Foxes are hunted because the fox is so difficult to catch.  They run in zig-zag patterns and can suddenly disappear while being chased by hunters on horseback.  They can hide in holes, or under logs, in thick bushes etc.  When danger passes, they burst into a run.                                            (V.C)

英会話表現&英単語
Japanese folklore               日本民話
goddess                         女神
rice and fertility              五穀豊穣
can outsmart the hunter         ハンターを出し抜くことが出来る
shrewd                          抜け目のない、狡猾な
seemingly caught in difficult situations     困難に陥ったように思われる時
sly like a fox                  狐のようにずる賢い
rather negative nuiance         どちらかと言うと悪いニュアンス
in particular for royalty       特に皇族にとって
run in zig-zag patterns         ジグザグに走る
hunters on horseback            馬に乗ったハンター
burst into a run                脱兎のごとく走り出す

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