Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Kinkon Tosanikki ⑫

A series of four-panel comics called Kinkon Tosanikki appears the evening edition of the local Kochi Shimbun newspaper.

Takumi: Joro Spiders are amazing! 
They make string from their back-sides…

Takumi: The one that moves a lot is probably the dad.

Boy: That’s not the dad!

Boy: The big, colorful ones are all female.
The males are these small ones.

Takumi: Today I spent the whole day looking at girls’ butts!

● Tosaben Tidbit ~ sentence-final “ya” and “de” ~
   One of the characteristics of Tosaben is the way its sentences end. The “ya” in this comic’s “otosan ya” and the “de” in this comic’s “nai de” and “na ga de” are often used sentence-finally in Tosaben. If written in standard Japanese, one could change “ya” to “da” and “de” to “yo”. Both are used as emphasis in Tosaben!

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