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食欲の秋

Postby tyle7 » Mon 10.15.2007 5:28 am

I have on several occasions come across the expression 食欲の秋 , which i would translate as "Autumn of appetite".

The meaning seems simple enough, that one is supposed to have a greater appetite when autumn comes. But now I wonder, why is there such a conception? Or is there some deeper meaning that I'm missing?
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RE: 食欲の秋

Postby jenl » Mon 10.15.2007 7:07 am

Autumn is harvest time! When I was a kid in rural NZ, this was the time of year when all the pick-your-own lots opened up for business, and when our kiwifruit were ready (of course, any that are a little bruised are not good enough to sell, so we have to eat them all, right? ;)). I guess it's also the meaning behind Thanksgiving, and 秋祭り.
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RE: 食欲の秋

Postby NocturnalOcean » Mon 10.15.2007 7:11 am

Yeah as the above poster mentions, autumn is the harvest time, and during autumn lots of food is available, and one just eats too much.
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RE: 食欲の秋

Postby Oracle » Mon 10.15.2007 7:16 am

For reasons I've never understood, there are also the phrases 読書の秋 ("Autumn, the season for reading books") and スポーツの秋 "Autumn, the season for sports". Guess it's just a season when lots of stuff happens.
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RE: 食欲の秋

Postby tyle7 » Mon 10.15.2007 7:06 pm

The connection between harvest and appetite is certainly logical, and might even be a connection I had spotted if I ever had lived in an area with more farms.

Thanks for all replies. One less mystery in the japanese language, millions to go.
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RE: 食欲の秋

Postby chikara » Mon 10.15.2007 8:09 pm

We reap (harvest) in Spring.

The barley will be coming off next month. Yield won't be great because of the drought but we hope to make 焼酎 grade.
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RE: 食欲の秋

Postby Harisenbon » Mon 10.15.2007 8:32 pm

Oracle wrote:
For reasons I've never understood, there are also the phrases 読書の秋 ("Autumn, the season for reading books") and スポーツの秋 "Autumn, the season for sports". Guess it's just a season when lots of stuff happens.


It could be because autumn is the only bearable season in Japan. ;)
In winter it's too cold to move.
In summer it's too hot to move.
In spring everyone has hayfever.

The only time to really get anything done and enjoy life is in the autumn. ;)
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RE: 食欲の秋

Postby Tspoonami » Mon 10.15.2007 10:13 pm

万事の秋

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