Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Countdown to the Tenjin Matsuri #4...

Next Saturday, July 25th, is the Tenjin Matsuri, one of the biggest and most popular summer festivals in Osaka. We’ve decided to help you countdown to the festival by teaching you how to say a different festival-related word in English every day. Today’s word is…

4) Yatai = (Food) Stall

Customers wait to buy fried noodles at a stall
Just like yukata, summer festivals in Japan wouldn’t be the same without yatai. In English, any small portable shop is called a “stall.” We usually put the name of the product being sold in front of the word “stall” to explain what type. However, we usually don’t put “s” at the end of the product word. For example, the customers in the picture above are at a fried-noodle stall.

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