There are elements like fantasy, including birds that speak human language, but there are many characters that speak natural ways that we hear on a daily basis. It is interesting to note that there are many character names related to mochi(rice cake).
|Title (Eng)||Tamako Market|
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Tamako Kitashirakawa, the daughter of the rice cake shop in Usagiyama Shopping Street, is a 1st-grade high school student who likes rice cakes and the shopping streets where she was born and raised. At the end of the year when shopping streets are particularly busy, unexpectedly the bird come in a high-handed manner. That bird who speaks human language somehow started living in her house for a while and then…? A noisy year between Tamako and magical bird begins!
3. Character’s way of Speaking
･Kitashirakawa Tamako (北白川 たまこ, きたしらかわ たまこ)
She is a high school girl who talks softly. Although the female character typically uses feminine tone in Japanese anime, actual school girls more likely speak as Tamako does. The dialogue can be easily understood because she does not use difficult words. But she sometimes speaks rudimentary Japanese when nervous.
･Dera Mochimazzi (デラ・モチマッヅィ, でら もちまっづい)
Dera Mochimazzi is a bird who can speak human language. There are a lot of cheesy lines and he often speaks in the theatrical parlance. His narration has a good tempo, and it has become the rhythm of “Dodoitsu” that Japanese people like. Dodoitsu is a form of Japanese poetry consisting of four lines with the moraic structure 7-7-7-5. Dera calls Tamako “Musume”(means little girl). Although it is not common, sometimes you call the person by status or position, meaning that you are superior.
An interesting point is that the name of birds is the name that is like an enemy against Kitashirakawa family that owns a rice cake shop. His name Dera Mochimazzi means “Rice cake is horribly bad taste”
･Ooji Mochizou (大路 もち蔵, おおじ もちぞう)
He talks to a general teenage high school student. Although the way he talks is very manly, he is a boy with a sensitive heart that cannot tell his feeling of love to Tamako.
4. Terms and Talking Contents
There are many conversations between high school students and daily conversation with people in shopping streets. There are Japanese greetings and customs that differ in seasons, which helps you to learn more about Japanese language and culture. There are many scenes you will understand four seasons of Japan, which makes you feel like you are studying abroad in Japan. Since Tamako speaks a typical way of speaking as high school girl, it would be helpful to learn the young ladies Japanese. Although the difficulty level is not high, Dera sometimes uses bait difficult words. His cheesy lines that are out of place is one of the attractive points, which need subtitles to understand the meaning of it.
5. Difficult Term List (You should prepare for them before watching)
- ･Difficult Term List which You Must Know (They come out more than twice)
# よみ 漢字 Meanings 1 きゅうあい 求愛 courting; wooing 2 ぶかつ 部活 club activities 3 きさき お后 queen 4 しょうてんがい 商店街 shopping district; shopping street 5 えだげ 枝毛 split end of a hair 6 せんとう 銭湯 public bath; bathhouse 7 おうけ 王家 royal family 8 かたじけない かたじけない grateful; indebted 9 みつぎもの 貢ぎ物 tribute 10 ふりつけ 振り付け choreography; dance composition 11 げこくじょう 下克上 juniors dominating seniors 12 やぶさかではない やぶさかではない ready (to do); willing 13 しょうばいはんじょう 商売繁盛 thriving (prosperous) business
- ･Difficult Term List which Can Be Useful (They come out once)
# よみ 漢字 Meanings 14 ゆいしょただしき 由緒正しき Venerable 15 めんぼくない 面目ない shameful 16 おおみそか 大晦日 New Year’s Eve 17 うわついた 浮ついた careless 18 せちがらい 世知辛い hard 19 ぎりちょこ 義理チョコ obligation 20 とんちんかん トンチンカン off the point, irrelevant 21 くだけた 砕けた in a free and easy manner 22 はるらんまん 春爛漫 spring in full bloom 23 おしとやか おしとやか modest 24 おくゆかしい 奥ゆかしい refined 25 しっけい 失敬 disrespectful 26 ちょうないかい 町内会 neighborhood association 27 つみたてきん 積立金 reserved fund 28 しんちょう 新調 newly‐made 29 かいしょくかいべん 快食快便 good appetite and good bowel movements 30 はっぴ はっぴ happi coat (traditional costume for festival) 31 りんかいがっこう 臨海学校 summer school 32 かなづち 金づち cannot swim 33 うたげ 宴 party 34 うきなをながす 浮き名を流す one’s love affairs are the talk of the town 35 じょうじゅ 成就 accomplishment 36 えんえい 遠泳 swimming marathon 37 いそのかおり 潮の香り salty scent 38 そこく 祖国 homeland 39 ようせつ 溶接 weld 40 やぶれかぶれ やぶれかぶれ desperately 41 あなば 穴場 Open spot 42 ききかいかい 奇々怪々 Oddly 43 せいへき 性癖 Propensity 44 かいらんばん 回覧板 Circulation board 45 たたり 祟り Scratchy 46 おはらい お祓い Exorcism 47 あぶらをうる 油を売る dawdle 48 さいだん 祭壇 The altar 49 のうりょう 納涼 cool of the evening 50 ごりやく 御利益 benefit 51 かれおばな 枯れ尾花 withered silver grass 52 おんぎをはたらく 恩義を働く receive favors 53 はなよりだんご 花より団子 people are more interested in the practical over the aesthetic 54 こうはく 紅白 red and white 55 じんとく 人徳 natural virtue 56 いっせいちだい 一世一代 once in a lifetime 57 さしつかえる 差し支える Interfere 58 こんりんざい 金輪際 for any price 59 あんずるな 案ずるな do not plan 60 うつつをぬかす 現を抜かす to be infatuated 61 ねをあげる 値を上げる Increase the value 62 にっちょく 日直 Daily 63 てんこう 転校 Transfer 64 えんもく 演目 A program 65 じゅうせき 重責 Heavy responsibility 66 しおらしい しおらしい modest 67 えんじん 円陣 circle 68 きゅうだいてん 及第点 passing mark 69 おうい 王位 throne 70 しきたり しきたり institution 71 たまのこし 玉の輿 Cinderella story 72 ひょうたんからこま 瓢箪から駒 something very unexpected 73 けんきょ 謙虚 Humility 74 ずがたかい 頭が高い be proud 75 ぼやさわぎ 小火騒ぎ incipient fire 76 おおみそか 大晦日 new year’s eve
6. Intermediate can Learn Japanese with This Anime
There are many human-oriented conversations in the area/shopping street, and languages are diversified accordingly as the variation of people. Birds and Choi’s way of speaking are old-fashioned and poetic, and also uses difficult honorific words. Because adults in shopping districts use unique words, it seems difficult to even at the intermediate level of Japanese. However, these Japanese are correct both in grammar and way of speaking and are also used in reality, so those who try to step up Japanese conversation should be learned by all means. It is not easy because Japanese unique peculiar phrases and choice of words appear in the conversation, but you will learn real Japanese, which you will never be able to learn from the textbook.
|Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate||6.4 terms/episode||= 76 / 12|
|Difficulty Level||12th grade||= Middle School|
|Total Difficulty Score||76.8 points||= 6.4 * 12|
|Comprehensive Judgment||Normal||= 70.0 to 129.9 points|
|Recommended Japanese Learner||Intermediate|