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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dance

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A WARRIOR USES A TOOTHPICK EVEN WHEN HE HAS NOT
EATEN (NO MEAL)

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): WAR FOOD

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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TALK ABOUT A PERSON AND YOU WILL SEE HIS SHADOW.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): GOSSIP

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT WHEN YOU TEAR OFF IT'S COVERINGS IT'S MADE BARE
AND YOU CAN CHEW IT?
A: CHEWING GUM.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; METAPHORICAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle
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Date learned: 07-28-1964

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PROVERB

THE DAY IS SETTING AND THE ROAD (WAY) IS STILL LONG.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN.

Where learned: JAPAN

James Callow Keyword(s): LIKE "THE DAY'S WORK NEVER ENDS"--FRANK M. ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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PROVERB

BY LOOKING AT THE BEHAVIOUR OF OTHERS, IMPROVE YOUR OWN BEHAVIOUR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN ASHIYA, JAPAN.

Where learned: JAPAN

Keyword(s): COMPARISON

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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PROVERBIAL METAPHOR

NEGLIGENCE IS A GREAT ENEMY

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN. ITEM IS FROM A LETTER

James Callow comment: I ASSUME THE INFORMANT IS TRANSLATING FROM JAPANESE--
F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: JAPAN

James Callow Keyword(s): MEANING: WHAT WILL YOU HAVE, REGARDING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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CUSTOM

"ON" IS ONE OF THE MAJOR FORMS OF SOCIAL CUSTOMS WHICH FORMS THE
BASIS OF JAPANESE SOCIAL BEHAVIOR FROM
ANCIENT TIMES, ROUGHLY MEANING
"MORAL AND MATERIAL INDEBTEDNESS", IF INCURRED, IT OBLIGATES THE
INDIVIDUAL TO DISCHARGE HIS DEBT, HOWEVER GREAT OR SMALL, AT THE
COST OF ONE'S FAMILY HONOR AND NAME. EVEN IN THE MATTER OF GIFT_
GIVING, THE RECEIVER FEELS OBLIGATED TO RETURN A GIFT IN KIND.
JAPANESE DO NOT GET INVOLVED WITH OTHERS BECAUSE BY THE ACT OF
HELPING SOMEONE HE AUTOMATICALLY PLACES THAT PERSON HELPED IN A
POSITION OF "ON", WHO IN TURN MUST CANCEL OUT THIS DEBT, COME
WHAT MAY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THE ABOVE WHILE GROWING UP IN JAPAN.

Where learned: JAPAN

Keyword(s): FRIENDS RELATIVES HONOR DEBT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 08-01-1964

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CUSTOM

SOME JAPANESE COUPLES WHO MARRY ACCORDING TO THE ARRANGED
MARRIAGE CUSTOM DO NOT EVEN HOLD EACH OTHER'S HAND UNTIL THEIR
WEDDING DAY. THE TRADITIONAL EXPRESSION OF LOVE EXCHANGED BETWEEN
A YOUNG COUPLE IS THE HOLDING OF EACH OTHER'S HAND.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN (TOKYO). INFORMATION RECEIVED IN LETTER.

Where learned: JAPAN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Parental arrangement of marriage

Date learned: 07-20-1964

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RHEUMATISM, REHUMATISM.
HOW IT PAINS. HOW IT PAINS.
UP AND DOWN THE WINDOWS, UP AND DOWN THE WINDOWS,
WHEN IT RAINS, WHEN IT RAINS.

[Sung to the tune of "Brother John"]

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT HEARD FROM HENRY DALE KRABBENSCHMIDT, A CHILDHOOD FRIEND
IN JAPAN.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: JAPAN

Keyword(s): JOKE ; PARODY ; SONG ; Tune

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED

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SPILT WATER CANNOT BE PUT BACK IN THE BASIN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS FULL OF EYES BUT HAS ONLY ONE MOUTH?
A: A ZARU. - A SPECIAL TYPE OF BAMBOO BASKET WHICH IS LOOSELY WOVEN
TO ALLOW WATER TO PASS THROUGH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVES IN JAPAN AND LEARNED ABOVE FROM HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: LETTER ; JAPAN

Keyword(s): METAPHORICAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PRIVATIONAL ; UTENSILS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 07-28-1964

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WHEN SHOPPING IN JAPAN, AMERICANS ARE OFTEN SURPRISED THAT THEY CAN
NOT BUY FOUR ITEMS IN A SET. SHI THE WORD FOR FOUR IS ALSO THE WORD
AS A SIGN OF DEATH. YOU CAN ONLY BUY THINGS IN GROUPS OF FIVE.

Where learned: JAPAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 11-06-1987

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IN JAPAN IT IS CONSIDERED INCREDIBLEY RUDE TO WALK AND EAT AT THE
SAME TIME, BUT IT IS A NATURAL PAST TIME TO SPIT IN THE STREETS,
SO COMMON IN FACT, THAT AMERICANS ARE CONSTANTLY LOOKING AT THE
GROUND, WATCHING WHERE THEY WALK.

Where learned: JAPAN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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IF ALL THE BOYS WERE ACROSS THE SEA,
O, WHAT A GOOD SWIMMER MARSHA WOULD BE.

Where learned: JAPAN ; OSAKA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Chimney corner wisdom, advice, humorous fortune

Date learned: 00-00-1957

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Japanese custom

Otoso, known as a sweet sake or rice wine, is to be drunk in
the morning of New Year's Day to welcome the new year.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: JAPAN

Keyword(s): Celebration ; CUSTOM ; FESTIVAL ; holiday ; Japan ; Japanese ; New Year ; Otoso ; Rice ; Rice Wine ; Sake ; Wine

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Festival
Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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Japanese custom

The bride-to-be receives all belongings needed for marriage,
money, clothes, furniture, etc.

Where learned: JAPAN

Keyword(s): Bride

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Before wedding
BELIEF -- Marriage Gifts

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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Japanese custom

A three day celebration is held for New Year's, no type of
work is performed, only celebrations.

Where learned: JAPAN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39815
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- 39816

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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Japanese custom

"Even monkeys fall from trees" means "Even smart people make
mistakes".

Where learned: JAPAN

Keyword(s): ANIMALS

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1925

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