くま、ゴールデンウィークを待ち望む Kuma looks forward to Golden Week


Brightonゴールデンウィークが間もなくやって来ます。
Golden Week is coming soon. Golden Week (often abbreviated to GW) is a Japanese term applied to the period containing a number of holidays. Golden Week is the longest vacation period of the year for many Japanese workers. Two other Japanese long holidays (for most or all of a week) are Japanese New Year in January and Obon Festival in August.

ゴールデンウィークって、誰が名付けたのでしょうか。プラチナウィーク、サファイアウィーク、ルビーウィーク、色々あったと思うんだけど。くま「エスビーのゴールデンカレーがバカ売れした年に名づけられたのかも?」の予想が大ハズレということは間違いない。
Who did name the holidays Golden Week? I suppose other names such as Platinum Week, Sapphire Week and Ruby Week could be acceptable. I supposed Golden Week was named in the year when Golden Curry of S&B Foods Inc. (a Japanese food manufacturer) sold explosively. I am sure that my imagination must be wrong.

NiceSaint-TropezVisbyFort RicasoliSt. Julian's海外の大型連休と言えば、最近では中国の春節が世界的に有名になりました。その他の国にも、クリスマスイースターをはじめとした連休はあるし、何と言っても、彼らは、長期の夏季休暇を取ります。フランス人は1ヶ月ほどバカンスに行くし、イギリス人も2週間ぐらい。そして、彼らは夏季休暇以外にも年に何度も長期休暇を取ります。一方、ほとんどの日本人は、ゴールデンウィーク、お盆と年末年始に、それぞれ1週間から10日ぐらい。とは言え、実は、日本の国民の休日の数は、諸外国と比べて多い方だったりします。イギリスに住んでいた時には、三連休というものは少なかったです。
Speaking of overseas long holidays, Chinese New Year has become known worldwide recently. Other countries have also long holidays such as Christmas and Easter. After all they take a long holiday in summer. The French people go vacationing for around one month and also the British people go holidaying for around 2 weeks. Furthermore they take some long holidays a year besides a summer holiday. Meanwhile most of the Japanese people can take long holidays at just Golden Week, Obon Festival and Japanese New Year for a week or 10 days respectively. And yet Japan has relatively more public holidays than other countries. I had a few 3 day holidays when I lived in the United Kingdom.

しゃけ(同居人)とくまは、今年はホットシーでホットスプリングに浸かります。体が昆布と同化するぐらい浸かってきます。だしが出るかも!
Shake (my housemate) and I are going to soak in a hot spring in Atami (one of the most famous hot-spring towns in Japan and means the Hot Sea for English) this year. We will soak in the hot spring of Hot Sea for enough time to assimilate into kombu (kelp). I think dashi (Japanese soup stock made from kelp) will be perhaps extracted.


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