How do you say "Falling Rock" in Japanese when you dislodge a stone?
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How do you say "Falling Rock" in Japanese when you dislodge a stone?

by Philbert
(Tokyo, Japan)

OK. Here's a question: Climbers and mountaineers in the U.S. shout "Rock" when they dislodge a stone. What is the corresponding warning in Japanese?

I know the Japanese word for "rock" is "ishi," but I doubt that it is the correct term in this context.

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Jul 23, 2015
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"rakuseki"
by: Gary Wolff

OK, Philbert, you win the prize for today's most interesting question. :-) The Japanese language is not my forte, but I'll give it a shot.

The Japanese for "falling rock" is "rakuseki" (落石). But the quickest way to warn someone about a falling rock is to just shout out "RAKU!" (pronounced "rah-koo"), which is the Japanese slang for "falling rock."

Here's a pic of a "Falling Rocks" sign I took 3 years ago on Mt. Fuji's Fujinomiya Trail: https://flic.kr/p/cXuh4q

Happy trails & be sure not to dislodge any rocks!! :-)


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