What exactly is Toto? What does it mean? What is the history of the toto tree? These are just some of the many questions that arise in the minds of people who are familiar with Japanese culture and products. This article aims to provide answers to all these questions and much more.
Meaning of Toto: In Japanese language, Toto means “wind and refers to a small bird-like creature who can often be found singing beautifully in the woods”. Hence, the meaning of Toto translation: wind-singer. The term Toto appears frequently throughout various Japanese-English dictionaries, as in a number of famous literature, movies, and in contemporary Japanese songs and other media. In Japanese subsequent books, the name Toto appears only after the suffix -to.
Who is Toto? The most well-known representation of Toto in American culture is courtesy of American rock band Pink Floyd. The band’s song “TOTO” tells about a young Japanese girl (not a boy) who lives with her mother in a pig-farm named To-toy-on in the outside world. One day, the pig farmer witnesses a mysterious man atop a mountain, dressed in robes of long, dark cloth; he asks the girl to marry him. The girl agrees, and Toto, who dances with joy with delight upon hearing his happy song, falls in love with her.
The meaning of the name Toto in English and Japanese can be compared to that of the word “porc”, which means bladder or bowels. So “Toto” means bowels. Another form of Toto meaning “wind pipe” is “toto-wind”, a type of small wind pipe used in plumbing. In Japanese, Toto means “apple of my eye”, but this is probably related to the American rock band Bon Jovi’s lead singer, David Hasselhoff, who is actually from Sweden. Probably, Toto was a cute name given to the porc because it looked like an apple.
The word Toto originates from the Japanese word “tori” which means “apple”. This may be related to the fact that Toto was the son of a local farmer, and he also happened to be an artist. The artist had a garden near his house where many trees were grown. Eventually, the fruit of the trees became too much for Toto to handle so one day, he went looking for somebody to help him. Somebody who could stand at the right height to paint the flowers on the trees, so that the image of Toto that Toto painted on the wall, would appear as an endless string of colorful images.
A very close resemblance to Toto (appears as) the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. The Tin Man is always working under a lot of stress, because he always seems to get into trouble. At one point in the movie, he even says, “I think I’ll die of exhaustion”. Although Toto does seem to die of exhaustion in the end, in the Japanese version of the story, Toto is burned alive, and Dorothy is saved. Therefore, it can be safely assumed that Toto was a very common and well known person in Japan, at the time of the movie. There is no doubt that Toto was indeed a real and well-known character in both the English and Japanese languages.