Matariki and Subaru

People in New Zealand now celebrates Matariki – this is the Māori New Year. The date of Matariki is determined by the location of the Pleiades star cluster in the sky and it is normally around this time of year. Yes, it is normally closed to the June Solstice and during winter  in New Zealand (you can see how cold it is today from the above picture which I took this morning…)  ニュージーランドでは、今マタリキのお祝[いわ]い(= celebration)をしています。マタリキはマオリの新年[しんねん](= new year)で、プレアデス星団[せいだん](= star cluster)の空の位置[いち](= position)で日が決まります。毎年、今ごろです。だいたい冬至[とうじ](= winter solstice)に近いころで、冬の最中[さいちゅう](= in the middle of)です(どれだけ寒いかは、今朝[けさ][と]った上の写真を見てもらうとわかりますね。。。)。

You might want to ask what Subaru would be to do with Matariki… As you know, Subaru is the name of a Japanese car company but the word ‘subaru’ actually refers to the Pleiades star cluster (you can see the stars in their company’s logo)! で、タイトルのマタリキとスバルですが。。。 スバルはご存知[ぞんじ]のように(= as you know)、日本の車の会社の名前です。ですが、スバルというのは日本語でプレアデス星団のことなんです。漢字で書くと、昴[すばる]です。下の写真を見ると、スバルのロゴに星[ほし](= star)があるのがわかりますね。

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