Eunoia

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Age-otori The bad feeling one gets after a terrible haircut Japanese adverse event feeling
Kuidare To eat yourself into backruptcy Japanese food funny
Shibui Old school cool Japanese attribute
Tsundoku Acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them Japanese adverse
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action
Koi No Yokan The feeling upon meeting someone that falling in love with them is inevitable. Japanese love
Ikigai A reason for being; the thing that gets you up in the morning. Japanese growth happiness
Seijaku (静寂) Quiet (sei) tranquillity (jaku); silence, calm, serenity (especially in the midst of activity or chaos). Japanese awareness beauty
On (恩) A feeling of moral indebtedness, relating to a favour or blessing given by others. Japanese life
Jibaku The act of unintentionally or inadvertently demolishing your own argument in the process of defending your view Japanese confusion interaction
Umami A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter); savoriness Japanese food attribute
Yugen A profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe…and the sad beauty of human suffering. Japanese beauty awareness philosophy
Kenshō (見性) Seeing (ken) one’s nature or essence (shō); perceiving one’s Buddha nature; sometimes interpreted as an initial or brief awakening. Japanese awareness growth
Chindogu A person seemingly inventing ingenious everyday gadgets that seem like an ideal solution to a particular problem, but are in fact nothing more than a useless gag Japanese creative funny
Wabi-sabi Finding beauty within the imperfections of life and peacefully accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. Japanese beauty awareness
Fuubutsushi The things – feelings, scents, images – that evoke memories or anticipation for a particular season. Japanese time
Kyoiku mama A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement Japanese family work growth
Boketto The act of gazing vacantly into the distance. Japanese thinking
kaizen Continuous growth Japanese growth
Utura-utura (うつらうつら) To drift between sleep and wakefulness. Japanese event time phsyical
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese society
Boketto (ぼけっと) gazing vacantly into the distance (without thought or sense of self). Japanese
Kintsukuroi To repair with gold. Understanding that a piece is more beautiful for having broken. Japanese beauty change
Nito-onna A woman so dedicated to her career that she has no time to iron blouses, so dresses only in knitted tops. Japanese society work
Wasuremono Forgotten or lost things; an item left behind on a train or forgotten at home. Japanese adverse habits




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