四字熟語2:風光明媚

This is the second entry of weekly updated (bilingual) lessons on one of my favorite parts of the Japanese language, 四字熟語(よ・じ・じゅく・ご).  To sum up, these are four character idiomatic compounds. And that’s all you really need to know to get started. So, let’s go!

ご紹介 (Introduction):

 

本日の四字熟語は、「風光明媚」。

Today’s four character compound is 風光明媚.

風  ふう   wind/style

光  こう   light

明     めい  bright

媚    び  flatter/flirt

 

風光は景色という意味を持ち、明媚は自然の景色が美しいことという意味を持ちます。

という訳で、風光明媚は景色がとても美しいことを意味します。

風光 means scenery, and 明媚 is the beauty, particularly the kind found in nature.  Therefore, 風光明媚 is scenic or natural beauty.

 

例文 (Example Sentence):

 

日本には、各地に風光明媚な所がある。 There are many places of scenic beauty in Japan.

 

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