the Kumamoto dialect


These words mean "many/much". A reporter from Kumamoto gave me. "These are very funky, right? " he said. According to "A Dictionary Of Interesting Higo Dialect (edited by Yoshikazu Nakagawa)," those words are used like "I gave too yonnyo change," "You have abakan money." In Kyoto, where I was raised, people say like "youke/gyousan/tanto." Imagining the ethos of the regions, I feel the words caked in me peel away a little. 


October 8,  2018

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun