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I read in the Asahi Shimbun the following article's headline (furigana are mine) :

神様{かみさま}も楽{たの}しむ? 桜{さくら}の新{しん}品種{ひんしゅ}、京都{きょうと}で発見{はっけん} 北野天満宮{きたのてんまんぐう}

my translation :

Do the gods enjoy themselves ? A new variety of cherry tree discovered in Kyōto (Kitano Tenman-gū)

I understand the meaning of 楽{たの}しむ used transitively; e.g. (source) :

私{わたくし}は水泳{すいえい}を楽{たの}しんだ。

I enjoyed swimming.

But what about 楽{たの}しむ used intransitively ? What's the exact meaning of "神様{かみさま}も楽{たの}しむ?" ? Is it :

  • the gods are in a good mood ?
  • the gods are amusing themselves ?
  • the gods want to make a joke ?

Any help would be appreciated !

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    Bear in mind that, in the context of Japan, 神様{かみさま} likely refers to the Japanese kami (i.e. plural) and not to the Christian God (i.e. singular). Apr 11 '16 at 16:44
  • @EiríkrÚtlendi : of course, you're right. I have fixed my translation.
    – suizokukan
    Apr 11 '16 at 17:17
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I think the 神様も楽しむ in the headline means:

神様も桜を楽しむ(のか)? -- The gods enjoy cherry blossoms, too?
or
神様も桜を見て楽しむ(のか)? -- The gods enjoy seeing cherry blossoms, too?

with 桜を(見て) being left out.


I believe 楽しむ can be used intransitively, as in:

テレビを見て楽しみました。 (←more natural than テレビを見ることを楽しみました。)
ゲームをして楽しみました。
遊園地に行って、一日中、思いっきり楽しみました。

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  • Thank you very much : your examples are interesting. Thanks too for correcting the reading of 新品種.
    – suizokukan
    Apr 11 '16 at 12:57

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