Kusawake

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Apr 20, 2017 08:54 English essay
Today I will talk about the Japanese term "kusawake."

"Kusawake" means to do something for the first time, or a person who start something as a pioneer.

"Kusa" of "kusawake" means "grass," "wake" means "to split," and this term originally means to develop villages or towns by clearing a grassy land.

Deriving from the meaning to develop a raw land, it came to mean to break into an unexplored field, or a founder/pioneer.

Also, there is a similar term, "so so," the literal meaning of which is "grass and create," and it means to start a new thing, or a beginning of things.

This term is often used as "so so ki," by attaching the word "ki," meaning "period."
草分け

今日は「草分け」という言葉を紹介します。

「草分け」は、何かを初めてすることや、何かを初めてした人(創始者)のことを指す言葉です。

この言葉の本来の意味は、草深い土地を切り開いて村や町を興すことです。

未開の土地を切り開くことから意味が派生し、未開の分野を切り開くことや、創始者の意味でも使われるようになりました。

また、何かを新しく始めることや、物事の始まりを意味する言葉に、「草創」があります。

この言葉は、時期を表す語である「期」を付けて、「草創期」と用いられることが多いです。