Posts Tagged ‘nude’

Sunday Soundcheck 38

2009年 2月 22日

The third sound in the N column is nu, we write it in hiragana as ぬ and katakana as ヌ.

Nuku (ぬく・抜く) is a verb which is quite useful. It can mean ‘pull’; as in “a cork from a bottle”, “a tooth from a jaw”, or “feathers from a bird”. It can mean ‘draw’; as in “a sidearm from a holster”, or “a sword from a sheath”. Also, “hit a gapper”, “pull away in a race”, “ace a test”, “leave someone out”, “overtake another vehicle”, “let air out of a tire”, and “take away the excess or leavings” are all possibilities for this word; however, my favorite is cooking related.

When cooking something like bamboo shoots, which have lye in them, they are boiled in water with rice husks. This process draws the lye out. We can use nuku to describe this.

There are only a couple choices for katakana words this week, so I’m going with nuudo (ヌード), which is just the English word ‘nude’. I don’t know if this word can fit into daily conversation but it comes up at photo society meetings a lot. Everyone jokes about having a nude photoshoot, but it is mostly just talk. I have enough trouble taking good photos of people with their clothes on, I don’t think I need to be trying to make art with naked models.

Bonus words this week: nurenezumi (ぬれねずみ・濡れ鼠) is when you are totally soaked like a ‘drowned rat’, and – for the anime fans out there – nukunukuto (ぬくぬくと) is ‘snugly’ as in ‘snug’, not ‘snuggly’.

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I Hate Putting On Clothes

2009年 2月 11日

During the Winter, I hate putting on clothes. Yes, I wrote that to shock people. That is not to say that I like walking around nude after the equinox. After all, that would be very chilly. I guess that is just the point, it’s not the wearing of clothes, it’s putting them on.

Often I find myself lounging around in fleece pants and a long sleeve shirt, possibly with my knees tucked under the kotatsu (炬燵). Feeling very comfy, I don’t look forward to going out, because I have to take off my clothes to put on street clothes. Feeling the frigid fabric against my skin is a shock to my system.

One of the drawbacks of the traditional Japanese home is a lack of insulation and I find myself rarely willing to run the heat if it’s just going out the walls. Perhaps I will try warming my clothes under the kotatsu before changing.