Taikoban o Osu

[Japanese Idioms by Flashcards]


to stamp a drum-size seal

(to vouch enthusiastically for a person, to recommend highly, virtually to guarantee a person’s success)

On official documents in Japan, a name-stamp is used rather than a signature. Seals vary in size and shape, but generally the bigger the seal, the greater the status. The seal for a university, for example, will be larger and more impressive-looking than the seal for an individual. Metaphorically, a “drum-size seal” is an enthusiastic endorsement, often used as a strong recommendation.

Sample text:
(Style: spoken/formal/male)

A: Aa, Kawakami ga otaku no kaisha ni nyuusha shita n desu ka. Kare wa yuushuu deshite ne. Hitogara wa watashi ga taikoban o oshimasu yo.

A: ああ、川上がおたくの会社に入社したんですか。彼は優秀でしてね。人柄は私が太鼓判を押しますよ。

A: Oh, Kawakami is now at your company? He’s brilliant, isn’t he? And I can highly recommend his personality, too.

Japanese Idioms


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