My boss asked me to translate an email into English and it starts with this sentence:

Dear @@, There will be cherry blossoms in Japan soon.

This is a literal translation. I think my translation might be awkward. Could you please help me to improve the sentence? Thank you.

  • Is this a common expression in Japanese? If so, what does it normally represent? Does it mean that it will be Spring soon? Mar 21, 2018 at 10:16
  • @JohnGo-Soco The original language is Korean and the writer wrote it to a Japanese person. It is common expression to say it will be spring soon. Mar 21, 2018 at 10:18
  • The only issue relevant on ELU is whether 'cherry blossoms' should be substituted by the mass-noun usage 'cherry blossom', but there are plenty of ('pretend-count'?) tokens on the web ('pretend' because I think the plural-form is notional shorthand for 'cherry trees in blossom'). Going off-topic, (a) I'd choose 'cherry blossoms' as poetically acceptable here; (b) although it's a fixed expression in one language (as per your comment), it's not in English. But the literal translation does not jar at all: in fact, it sounds mellifluous, with a hint of Eastern romanticism. As seasons in the ... Mar 21, 2018 at 10:30
  • US and UK largely correspond (spring is the time when trees blossom), the transferred meaning involved is merely a tiny step, and the implication involved in the translation is transparent. Don't hesitate to use it. Mar 21, 2018 at 10:32
  • @EdwinAshworth Thank you very much for your kind answer. Mar 21, 2018 at 12:12


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