FAQ 50

Question:

It seems that on the recent music scene, Hikaru Utada(宇多田ヒカル), a Japanese female singer, is gaining her popularity in the US. Could you tell me something about her ?

  • It seems that… …であるように思われる
  • recent 最近の
  • popularity 人気

Answer:

According to The Kojiki(古事記), Records of Ancient Matters, and Nihon Shoki(日本書記), the Chronicles of Japan, when Izanagi(イザナギ)and Izanami(イザナミ)descended on the earth still in chaos and tried to give birth to the Japanese islands and various kinds of gods, the first-born child was Hiruko. But the child called Hiruko(水蛭子)grew up slow and she was not able to stand up at the age of three. Her parents hated her because they thought it was because when they made love, Izanami, a female god, tempted her husband first. And they put Hiruko on a boat of reeds and send it away to the sea. This myth is a story implying many things about human society.

  • according to A Aによれば
  • descend 降りる
  • chaos 混沌
  • give birth to A Aを生む
  • tempt 誘う
  • reed 葦
  • imply 暗に意味する

Ms Utada has a soul which has something to do with Hiruko, who had a sad experience. Because of this karma, she must have a weak point at the lower half of her body, too. Hiruko is also Ebisu(恵比寿),  a god who brings prosperity. So her luck with money is and will be very strong. But her hunger for affection is also strong. Every one of us has both good and bad points in life, don’t we ?

  • sad 悲しい
  • lower half of one’s body 下半身
  • prosperity 繁栄
  • hunger 飢え
  • affection 愛情
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