Thursday, May 05, 2005

Skunk Cabbage?

We are now in the 'Golden Week.' If you don't know what it is, read my previous post. (You can find it by using the PicoSearch on the right side of this page.) A lot of people don't want to stay home, so they go on a trip to many places. That causes traffic jams here and there. My wife and I went to Takayama, and usually it takes us three hours to return home, but yesterday it took nearly six hours!

On our way to Takayama, we found a place with a lot of flowers of mizubasho. Japanese people love this flower, because it symbolizes the best season in Japan. It blooms between spring and early summer. Like so many Japanese, my wife and I shouted "Oh, mizubasho!" when we found it. We stopped our car and got out to take pictures.

I didn't know what is the English word for mizubasho, so I looked it up in my dictionary. It said 'skunk cabbage'! What a disappointing name our cute flower has in the English language! Skunk? The animal that farts? And cabbage? We never make salad or soup with it!

Oh... Skunk cabbage... Why? I guess many Japanese will become sad if they learn how mizubasho is called in English.