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Astronomy in Japan

Japanese people have historically made the stars an integral part of their lives, as is common with many old cultures around the world. The Japanese however, tended to associate the stars with everyday objects rather than mythological Gods or animals. There are various names for the constellations throughout history and sometimes there are local differences in the names as well.

In this blog by Murayama sensei, she looks into some of the most popular stars and the legends tied to them.She has provided the translation and created a video in which she also reads the transcript.

You can learn more Japanese vocabulary about stars and other topics in this free Japanese learning audio blog.

どの星が好き?
What is your favorite star?

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By MURAYAMA Yuki

最近は夜空眺めることが少なくなりましたが、わたしは子どものとき、よく夜空を見て星座を探していました。

star1

日本で有名な夏の星は、ベガ(Vega)とアルタイル(Altair)です。七夕物語の2人の名前から、「おりひめ星」と「ひこ星」と呼ばれています。2人の間に天の川がありますから、2人は会うことができません。物語では、1年に1回、7月7日に会うことができます。

star2

冬はオリオン座が有名です。オリオン座は南の空に見えます。冬は星がはっきりと見えるので、見つけやすいです。北斗七星は、北の空で一年中見ることができます。

star3

流れ星に3回願いごとを言うと、願いごとが叶う」と言われていますが、これはとても難しいですね。わたしは満月を見ると願いごとをしたくなります。みなさんはどの星に願いごとをしますか?都会では星は見えにくいですが、ときどき夜空を眺めて、好きな星を見つけるのもいいかもしれません。

star4

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どの星(ほし)が好(す)き?

最近(さいきん)は夜空(よぞら)眺(なが)めることが少(すく)なくなりましたが、わたしは子(こ)どものとき、よく夜空を見(み)て星座(せいざ)を探(さが)していました。

日本(にほん)で有名(ゆうめい)な夏(なつ)の星は、ベガ(Vega)とアルタイル(Altair)です。七夕(たなばた)物語(ものがたり)の2人(ふたり)の名前(なまえ)から、「おりひめ星(ぼし)」と「ひこ星(ぼし)」と呼ばれています。2人の間(あいだ)に天(あま)の川(がわ)がありますから、2人は会(あ)うことができません。物語では、1年(ねん)に1回(かい)、7月(がつ)7日(なのか)に会うことができます。

冬(ふゆ)はオリオン座(ざ)が有名(ゆうめい)です。オリオン座は南(みなみ)の空(そら)に見えます。冬は星がはっきりと見えるので、見つけやすいです。北斗七星(ほくとしちせい)は、北(きた)の空で一年中(いちねんじゅう)見ることができます。

流(なが)れ星(ぼし)に3回願(ねが)いごとを言(い)うと、願いごとが叶(かな)う」と言われていますが、これはとても難(むずか)しいですね。わたしは満月(まんげつ)を見ると願いごとをしたくなります。みなさんはどの星に願いごとをしますか?都会(とかい)では星は見えにくいですが、ときどき夜空を眺めて、好きな星を見つけるのもいいかもしれません。

What is your favorite star?

Though it’s rare to watch the night sky these days, I used to watch it to find constellations when I was a kid.

Vega and Altair are well known as stars found in summer in Japan. They are called “Orihime-boshi” and “Hiko-boshi,” from the names of the couple in Tanabata story. There is the Milky Way between the couple, so they cannot meet up. They can meet once a year, on July 7th in the story.

Orion is famous in winter. Orion is seen in the southern sky. It is easy to find, as stars can be clearly seen in winter. Hokuto shichisei can be seen in the northern sky all year round.

It is said that if you say your wish three times on a shooting star, your wish will come true. This is very difficult, isn’t it? I feel like making a wish when I see the full moon. Which star would you like to make a wish to? It would be nice if you could watch the night sky and find your favorite star!

星(ほし)star

夜空(よぞら)night sky

眺(なが)める watch, gaze

星座(せいざ) constellation

七夕(たなばた) Evening of the seventh (Story of a weaving princess and a cow herder)

物語(ものがたり story

おりひめ星(ぼし) Weaving princess star

ひこ星(ぼし) Cow herder star

天(あま)の川(がわ) Milky Way

北斗七星(ほくとしちせい) North Dipper Seven Stars, Plough

オリオン座(ざ) Orion, the Hunter

はっきりと clearly

流(なが)れ星(ぼし) shooting star

願(ねが)いごと wish

叶(かな)う (dream/wish) come true

都会(とかい) city, urban area

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