か:かいぶん Japanese Palindromes

5 Dec

Do you know what a palindrome is? They are words that read the same forwards and backwards. For example, in the English language, palindromes include words like “WOW”, “MADAM”, and “RACECAR”. There are even palindrome sentences, like “A nut for a jar of tuna.”

In Japan, palindromes are called 回文/かいぶん/kaibun. They are so fun for kids to read and create. One of my favorite Japanese kids’ shows, ピタゴラスイッチ/Pitagora Switch, has a segment called こたつたこ/kotatsutako where the entire segment is made up of kaibun. It’s catchy and fun! Click HERE to watch (HERE is another version)! (click here to buy the DVD, from Amazon Japan).

Here are the lyrics:

こたつたこ♪
いかとかい
くらげらく
えいのいえ
らりらりら

たかのかた♪
ねこがこね
てんぐのぐんて
するめるす
らりらりら

 

Wouldn’t it be fun for your kids to think of and illustrate their own Japanese palindromes?

What do you think? どうおもう?

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