It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last week we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ki’ (き), and focussed on the phrase 気をつけて (ki o tsukete), which means ‘take care’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘ku’ (く). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this week:
lovelycomplex22 suggested ‘kureru’ (くれる), ‘to give’; ‘kuwashii’ (詳しい), ‘detailed’, ‘full’, ‘accurate’, ‘knowing very well’; and ‘kuyashii’ (悔しい), ‘vexing’, ‘annoying’, ‘frustrating’; zoomingjapan also suggested ‘kuyashii’, as well as ‘kusai’ (臭い), ‘smelly’, ‘suspicious’; and ‘kudaranai’ (下らない), meaning ‘good-for-nothing’; and Japan Australia suggested ‘kuinonai (悔いのない), meaning ‘no regrets’; kuchidoke (口どけ), ‘melt in the mouth’; and kurushii (苦しい), ‘painful’.
These were all great ideas, and in the end I decided to write about…
I love the phrase ‘kuchidoke’ (口どけ / くちどけ) which means ‘melt in the mouth’. ‘Dokeru’ (どける) is the verb ‘to melt’ and ‘kuchi’ (口 / くち) means ‘mouth’. I first came across this phrase on a brand of Meiji chocolate called Melty Kiss:
Written down the middle of the Melty Kiss box in the picture above is: 雪のような口どけ (yuki no youna kuchidoke), which means ‘melts in your mouth like snow’. Melty Kiss chocolates are really soft and should be kept quite cold. They really do melt in your mouth, and they’re utterly delicious! Here’s a TV commercial for Melty Kiss, in which a girl lies in the snow singing about how she wishes all the falling snow tasted like Melty Kiss:
Other chocolate companies have also brought out ‘kuchidoke’ versions of their known brands, including Pocky and Kit Kats.
‘Kuchidoke’ versions of chocolate are often brought out around winter time in Japan and for some reason melt in the mouth chocolate seems to be associated more with winter than any other season.
I learnt a lot of the phrases I know from trying to read the words on food packaging. I think it’s a great way to study Japanese – it’s fun, and practical too! I can’t tell you how many hours I must have spent trying to work out how to read the kanji on Kit Kat packets… 😉
Next week’s post will be about a word or phrase beginning with ‘ke’ (け), so please leave your suggestions below. The word can be a verb, adjective or expression, but no nouns please! For example, ‘kesu’ (けす) meaning ‘to erase’ would be acceptable, but ‘keki’ (ケーキ), ‘cake’, would not. I look forward to reading your ideas! (*^_^)v