Nihongo no Kokoro Part 129

Kubiwo nagakusuru

首を長くする

I’m going back to Japan for a short visit soon. It’s been about three years since I last saw my parents so this is one trip I’m really looking forward to.

When looking forward to something, we’ve got another interesting way of saying it: “Kubiwo nagakusuru.” Kubi means ‘neck’ and nagakusuru means ‘to grow longer.’ So, putting two and two together, it simply means that we extend our necks looking forward to something so much, we’ve pretty much become giraffes. I’m quite sure everyone will have no problem imagining that scenario, along with another commonly exhibited sign of anticipation: checking the time frequently.

Another way we like to say this is “Yubiori kazoete matsu,” which, in verbatim, means counting down the days with our fingers.

It’s really been a while since I last went back so I honestly can’t wait.

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