At first they drove through streets of small, gray houses.
Saisho wa chiisana haiiro no ieie o tōtte hashitteikimashita.
beginning; outset; first; onset
topic marker particle; indicates contrast with another option (stated or unstated); adds emphasis
small; little; tiny
grey; gray; ashen
indicates possessive; nominalizes verbs and adjectives; substitutes for "ga" in subordinate phrases; (at sentence-end, falling tone) indicates a confident conclusion; (at sentence-end) indicates emotional emphasis; (at sentence-end, rising tone) indicates question
every house or family
indicates direct object of action; indicates subject of causative expression; indicates an area traversed; indicates time (period) over which action takes place; indicates point of departure or separation of action; indicates object of desire, like, hate, etc.
to go by; to go past; to go along; to travel along; to pass through; to use (a road); to take (a route); to go via; to go by way of; to run (between); to operate (between); to connect; to go indoors; to go into a room; to be admitted; to be shown in; to be ushered in; to come in; to penetrate; to pierce; to skewer; to go through; to come through; to permeate; to soak into; to spread throughout; to carry (e.g. of a voice); to reach far; to be passed on (e.g. of a customer's order to the kitchen); to be relayed; to be conveyed; to pass (a test, a bill in the House, etc.); to be approved; to be accepted; to go by (a name); to be known as; to be accepted as; to have a reputation for; to be coherent; to be logical; to be reasonable; to be comprehensible; to be understandable; to make sense; to get across (e.g. of one's point); to be understood; to be straight (e.g. wood grain); to be well-informed; to be wise; to do ... completely; to do ... thoroughly
to run; to travel (movement of vehicles); to drive; to hurry to; to retreat (from battle); to take flight; to run away from home; to elope; to tend heavily toward
Readings: サイ、 シュ、 もっと.も、 つま
Meanings: utmost, most, extreme
Readings: ショ、 はじ.め、 はじ.めて、 はつ、 はつ-、 うい-、 -そ.める、 -ぞ.め
Meanings: first time, beginning
Readings: ショウ、 ちい.さい、 こ-、 お-、 さ-
Meanings: little, small
Readings: カイ、 はい
Meanings: ashes, puckery juice, cremate
Readings: ショク、 シキ、 いろ
Readings: カ、 ケ、 いえ、 や、 うち
Meanings: house, home, family, professional, expert, performer
Readings: ツウ、 ツ、 とお.る、 とお.り、 -とお.り、 -どお.り、 とお.す、 とお.し、 -どお.し、 かよ.う
Meanings: traffic, pass through, avenue, commute, counter for letters, notes, documents, etc.
Readings: ソウ、 はし.る