Leah Dizon's big peach

So Leah Dizon just got married (English; Marxy@NJ) to a stylist named Bun. One widely-reported exchange from the press conference:

Asked what made him fall for her, Dizon answered loudly and somewhat cryptically in two English words: "Big peach."

"It is a little bit, sort of, difficult to explain," she said when she was pressed for the meaning of the phrase.

The Japanese press is uniformly reporting this in katakana ("私のビッグ・ピーチ"), usually appending the gloss 桃尻 ("Peach-ass"), God bless 'em.

This takes me back to reading the Tsurezuregusa, which also contains the word 桃尻:


When the attendant (zuijin) HADA no Shigemi said to the venerable (nyūdō) SHIMOTSUKE no Shingan of the Imperial Guard, "You have the look of one who would fall from a horse; be very careful," it was taken as nonsense, but then Shingan fell from a horse and died. This superb prediction was thought a very miracle. "What kind of look was it?" one person asked Shigemi. "He had an incredible peach-ass, but he loved spirited horses," came Shigemi's reply. "This was the 'look' I considered. At which point did I err?"

It turns out that momojiri is an old word meaning "bad at horse-riding, unable to sit firmly in the saddle". The metaphor here is not "two shapely rounded halves, like a peach", but rather, "unstable when placed on a flat surface, like a peach". But I'm sure you can imagine how that passage read to me originally.

The word makes another appearance later in the 'Sa:


A man made his son enter the priesthood, saying to him, "Study, learn the laws of cause and effect (inga), earn your living by reading sutras and such." The son resolved to do as he was told, and the first step he took towards becoming a priest was learning how to ride a horse. His reasoning was that as a priest with neither palanquin nor carriage, a horse or other animal might be sent to convey him to some function; and that it would be a miserable thing indeed to fall off, peach-assed, while riding.

(Note: This is the beginning of a longer tale with the moral "Don't procrastinate". Kenkō is not actually advocating equestrian training for all novice priests.)

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hyung lee:


I am a Chairman of THE EAST Business Newspaper in the UK.
Is there any chance we could publish your articles in our paper and reintroduce them on our website, of course, with your full credit?

Many thanks and kind regards,

Hyung Wook Lee
Chairman / Editor in Chief

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And despite this being recent news, for a while now, Ms. Dizon has been frightening me on late-night train rides home, staring at all and sundry in a stoned and coy fashion, advertising a marriage match-up service.



Hey, she's the ultimate advertisement. Look how suddenly she got married!

Hyung, I generally prefer to talk business via e-mail. But I can confirm here that the answer is "no" unless money is involved. Sorry.


This raises an important question in my mind. Did Momotaro in his various adventures ever have to ride a horse? If so, did he stay in the saddle? Or am I wrong to assume he had momojiri?


Hmm, I know he did a lot of dog-riding...

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