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Chimaki ( food wrapped in bamboo leaves ?)







正式な名前は「あくまき」と言います。「5月5日 端午の節句(こどもの日)」に作られる食べ物で、この日が近づいてくると町のあちらこちらで簡単に目にすることができます。





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正式(せいしき)な名前(なまえ)は「あくまき」と言(い)います。「5月(ごがつ)5日(いつか) 端午(たんご)の節句(せっく)[こどもの日(ひ)]」に作(つく)られる食べ物(たべもの)で、この日(ひ)が近(ちか)づいてくると町(まち)のあちらこちらで簡単(かんたん)に目(め)にすることができます。



★English Translation


Chimaki ( food wrapped in bamboo leaves ?)

Do you the food called Chimaki ?
If you know what it is, then when you hear the word Chimaki what kind of food do you imagine ?

Chimaki is generally known as steamed rice wrapped in bamboo grass leaves or mochi rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo grass leaves. But when people in Kagoshima say Chimaki, they mean a different thing . In Kagoshima this is what they mean by Chimaki (see photo below).

The formal name is Akumaki.  And it is usually made for Children's Day on May 5th (which is also known as Tango no Sekku), so as this day gets nearer, you can see this food here and there around the towns. It is a Japanese sweet covered in lye ; the mochi rice is pickled in a lye made from wood charcoal, and this is wrapped in bamboo grass leaves that have also been pickled in the same lye and then again boiled in lye and because of this, it has quite a particular taste so there are some people who love it and others who don't so much – but if you eat with sugar or soybean flour, its really delicious.

 To tell the truth, until recently I thought that this Akumaki was what everyone commonly called Chimaki all over the country. So when I found out that that wasn't so, I was really surprised. Actually to be honest I was really shocked ! But other hand, I am really happy because,  it has helped me to rediscover the charm of Kagoshima. So from now on I am determined to keep find more and more Kagoshima original things.


★This week's vocabulary


想像(そうぞう)する  to imagine

一般的(いっぱんてき)に  1)in general 2)generally

正式(せいしき)な  1)formal  2)official  

木炭(もくたん)  charcoal

漬(つ)ける  1)to preserve   2)to pickle

煮(に)る  to boil

実(じつ)は、 To tell the truth,

正直(しょうじき) Honestly

一方(いっぽう)で  on the other hand


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