[Japanese Idioms by Flashcards]


One who journeys to the capital

(country bumpkin, hick, hayseed, someone from the sticks)

San in this phrase is the obligatory honorific that translates simply as “Mr.” or “Ms.” Nobori refers to heading toward the capital of Japan. With the addition of the honorific prefix o-, the phrase becomes a satirical reference to the stereotypical lack of sophistication of someone who has come from the “sticks”.

Sample text:
(Style: spoken/casual/female)

A: Kondo nyuusha shite kita Hara-san ne, chihoo no sanson kara jookyoo shite kita n da tte.
B: Aa, sore de na no ne. Ikanimo onobori-san tte kakkoo shiteru no wa.

A: 今度入社してきた原さんね、地方の山村から上京して来たんだって。
B: ああ、それでなのね。いかにもおのぼりさんってかっこうしてるのは。

A: You know the new employee, Ms. Hara? I hear she came to Tokyo from a small mountain village in the country.
B: Oh, that explains it. She certainly dresses like a country bumpkin.

Japanese Idioms




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