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02:15 Apr 13, 2000
Japanese to English translations [PRO]
Japanese term or phrase: mejirokaba
It will be hard I guess, but
I suppose, that it is Hokkaido slang
in forestry."Kaba"- is birch.( "Betula" in Latin).
I guess, only Hokkaido people can help.

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4Birch, Betula maximowicziana
Timothy Takemoto
na -1maybe a color?
Thomas Blasejewicz



3 hrs peer agreement (net): -1
maybe a color?

Dear Asker
Unfortunately I could not find the term in question. But I found something else.
Although I am not at all sure, this will help, I offer you this information for reference and would be delighted, if this proved useful.

My mother in law, born and raised in Hokkaido did not know this term.

"Mejiro" usually refers to either a bird or a shark species.
"Kaba", refers to a tree species as you correctly pointed out.
"Kaba" is also an alternative term for "gama", also a plant, a bush = bulrush in English
and this "gama" in turn serves as a sort of abbreviation for "gama iro" = "bulrush color", given in the dictionary as reddish yellow.

Encyclopedia Britannica has also something interesting: papyrus:

bul.rush also bull.rush n [ME bulrysche] (15c): any of several large rushes
or sedges growing in wetlands: as a: any of a genus of annual or perennial
sedges (Scirpus, esp. S. lacustris) that bear solitary or much-clustered
spikelets containing perfect flowers with a perianth of six bristles b Brit: either
of two cattails (Typha latifolia and T. angustifolia) c: papyrus

Sorry that I cannot offer more succinct help.
Thomas Blasejewicz

Thomas Blasejewicz
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Birch, Betula maximowicziana

There is a page which says that


There is also a tree called Mejirokaba in Hokkaido, which refers to a tree, which due to the conditions of its habitat, has a large proportion of sap wood, soft wood and whiteish bark. But botanically it is a member of the birch genus.

Timothy Takemoto
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