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Difference between yohou and yosou 2015/2/24 17:32
I was browsing around on the JWA website (http://www.jwa.or.jp/) and I noticed that they use two different words for "forecast/prediction" - \ and \z. The latter was employed on the page where this year's sakura forecast was announced (Jԗ\z - http://www.jwa.or.jp/news/2015/02/post-000473.html).

I'm familiar with \, especially when used in the context of weather forecasts (VC\) but this was the first time I've seen \z. JDIC glosses both as forecast/prediction.

When is one or the other normally used?

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by Diego de Manila  

Re: Difference between yohou and yosou 2015/2/24 19:11
You can make "yosou" on your own (in your mind), but it is the TV or the newspapers and the like to make announcements - which is "yohou." The kanji for "hou" means to report, announce, etc.

In that sense, it's about the same in English, isn't it? I mean, you can make "predictions" in your mind, but you get to listen to or read forecast (announcement of someone else's prediction, so to say)?
by AK rate this post as useful

Re: Difference between yohou and yosou 2015/2/24 19:28
Many thanks for the explanation, mate. I think it will be worth adding "yosou" to my practice set for this week. (^_^)

Cheers.
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Re: Difference between yohou and yosou 2015/2/24 19:32
Just one more point I'm trying to puzzle out: since the sakura forecast was publicly announced on their website, any reason why they chose to label it as "yosou" (rather than "yohou" as used for the normal weather forecast page)?

Thanks.
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Re: Difference between yohou and yosou 2015/2/24 21:50
I was looking up things a bit - it looks like there is a definition for "yohou" when it comes to JWA's act of publishing their prediction - it comes with the official purpose to notify everyone so as to allow people to ready themselves for the situation, or something like that. So they will continue to use the term "yohou" for publishing their views (on weather).

When it comes to "yosou" for things like cherry blossoms, I have no idea. Maybe they just want to say that this is ONLY their view & thoughts, based on their knowledge, nothing official, so don't blame us if we don't get it right? :)
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Re: Difference between yohou and yosou 2015/2/24 22:12
Maybe they just want to say that this is ONLY their view & thoughts, based on their knowledge, nothing official, so don't blame us if we don't get it right? :)

You know, that actually makes sense in a way. An incorrect weather forecast is easy enough to guard against: bring an umbrella, keep your coat handy, etc. On the other hand, even a few days' error in the sakura forecast could cost holidaymakers a lot of time, money, and effort - so it pays to be just a wee bit vague in the terminology. (^_^)

Many thanks indeed for your thoughts - quite an enlightening discussion!

Cheers.
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