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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese society
Yoroshiku onegai shimasu Favorably, please. Japanese positive
Boketto (ぼけっと) gazing vacantly into the distance (without thought or sense of self). Japanese
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
Yoisho A word without meaning, said when flopping into a chair after a hard day at work or lifting a heavy bag. Japanese event physical work
Wabi-sabi Finding beauty within the imperfections of life and peacefully accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. Japanese beauty awareness
Kuidare To eat yourself into backruptcy Japanese food funny
Tokimeki ときめき Excitement; Feeling of bliss or joy from a discrete experience Japanese emotion feeling happiness
Mono no aware The bittersweetness of a brief and grading moment of transcendent beauty. Japanese beauty
Yokomeshi Literal: "meal eaten sideways"; the stress caused by speaking a foreign language Japanese stress feeling awareness
Boketto The act of gazing vacantly into the distance. Japanese thinking
Mu (無) Not one, not zero, not yes, not no Japanese measurement
On (恩) A feeling of moral indebtedness, relating to a favour or blessing given by others. Japanese life
Komorebi (木漏れ日) Lit. wood is ‘leaking’ sunlight; dappled sunlight filtering through leaves. Japanese nature beauty
Zanshin (残心) Lit. ‘remaining/enduring heart-mind’; a state of relaxed mental alertness (especially in the face of danger or stress). Japanese awareness
Sokaiya A man with a few shares in several companies who extorts money by threatening to come to the shareholders' meetings and cause trouble Japanese adverse
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
Noroke To brag about or sing the praises of the person you love Japanese love emotion
Tatemae & Honne The contrast between a person's feelings and desires (honne) versus the behavior and opinions one displays in public (tatemae) Japanese feeling reflection character
Nintendo “Leave luck to heaven” or to leave one's fortune in the hands of fate Japanese philosophy fate
Shibui Old school cool Japanese attribute
Jibaku The act of unintentionally or inadvertently demolishing your own argument in the process of defending your view Japanese confusion interaction
Seijaku (静寂) Quiet (sei) tranquillity (jaku); silence, calm, serenity (especially in the midst of activity or chaos). Japanese awareness beauty
Arigata-meiwaku When someone does something for you that you didn’t want them to do, and having to express gratitude for the act Japanese interaction
Kuebiko A state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence Japanese adverse feeling



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