2011年9月14日水曜日

How many generations can you go back?

Hi there!  I'm in US on my business trip now.
During the dinner with some natives and Europeans, I heard the phrase:
How many generations back can you trace your family tree?
Most of people in US whom I was talking to can answer this question.  It was interesting to me, because they love their family trees and roots of their blood.  One guy said like this, "From Czech, 5 generations I can go back. That's why I love beer!"
Most American and Europeans can count the family generations, but this made me think "how many Japanese can count it?"

Last week, I was chatting with my colleagues in lunch time about a family crest.  I know my family crest and it's "違い鷹の羽 - Chigai Taka no Ha", but all persons who are there don't know own crest...
Maybe Europeans or American know the own family crest at least, I think...
Is this big problem for Japanese, isn't it?



Updated!
And I have noticed, I'm one of them who doesn't know own family crest...  Just after I posted this, I got feedback from my boss, and he said like this, "My family's one is "丸に違い鷹の羽 - Maru ni Chigai Taka no Ha".  It seems the crest which he said is close to my family's one..., my family's crest also have a circle.  I was just thinking those crest are same, but they are not, actually.  OK, so, which is my family's one?



  • 丸に違い鷹の羽 - Maru ni Chigai Taka no Ha
  • 丸に右重ね違い鷹の羽 - Maru ni Migi gasane Chigai Taka no Ha
  • 中輪に足付き違い鷹の羽 - Chuuwa ni Ashitsuki Chigai Taka no Ha


2 件のコメント:

  1. Interesting. I only know my family on my mother's side back as far as 3 generations.. a little sad!

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  2. Thanks for your comment!
    .. yeah, I understand what you mean. My family has many graves, which means we have the long history. But I don't know what exactly my ancestors did for their lives... sad!

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