Exhausted! – Kuta-kuta – AIUEO Blog

This week’s author is Kambara Sensei – Ms. Kambara loves to travel and in addition to teaching Japanese at Coto Academy has her own tour company that rents camper vans to Tourists in Japan.https://www.roadtripjapan.com/

Posted by on March 29, 2018 – AEIOU - Staff / Teachers Blog

Exhausted! – Kuta-kuta – AIUEO Blog


Let me ask you a question.  How would you say “I’m exhausted!!” in Japanese?

You’d probably say “とても疲れた!” (Totemo tsukareta!) or “すごく疲れた!”  (Sugoku tsukareta!)

But have you ever heard of the following saying?
あぁ、もうくたくた〜!!(“Aa~, mou, kuta-kuta~!!”)

くたくたになる” (Kuta-kuta ni naru) means “a state in which you are so tired that your body is weak.”

For example, imagine this Monday morning conversation at the office:
A: What’s wrong? You look tired.
B: I played futsal yesterday for the first time in a long time.
A: That’s awesome!
B: Actually, I haven’t been exercising at all lately, so I became kuta-kuta after 2 matches.

Has there been a time lately that you’ve become “kuta-kuta”?
After working all day with hardly any time to take a break, did you become “kuta-kuta”?
Or how about after working up a sweat at the gym, did you become “kuta-kuta“?

Has there been a time recently that you became “kuta-kuta” from having too much fun?
Such opportunities may be rare when you’re an adult.
But it’s a good way to refresh yourself from time to time.

Speaking of having fun, why not participate in an outdoor music festival this year?  They are often held in the warmer spring and summer seasons.
Every year in July, the biggest outdoor music festival in Japan is held in the mountains of Niigata Prefecture.

The combination of nature and music is truly an amazing experience.  For once, why not just forget about time and drink, eat, walk around, enjoy the music and dance until you become “kuta-kuta“?