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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Noroke To brag about or sing the praises of the person you love Japanese love emotion
Wasuremono Forgotten or lost things; an item left behind on a train or forgotten at home. Japanese adverse habits
Ukiyo The floating world - living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life Japanese creative visual art
Yokomeshi Literal: "meal eaten sideways"; the stress caused by speaking a foreign language Japanese stress feeling awareness
kaizen Continuous growth Japanese growth
Shibui Old school cool Japanese attribute
Komorebi (木漏れ日) Lit. wood is ‘leaking’ sunlight; dappled sunlight filtering through leaves. Japanese nature beauty
Tsundoku Acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them Japanese adverse
Umami A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter); savoriness Japanese food attribute
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action
Ikigai A reason for being; the thing that gets you up in the morning. Japanese growth happiness
Amaeru To seek affection through doing things like clinging or pleading Japanese persistence
Mono no aware The bittersweetness of a brief and grading moment of transcendent beauty. Japanese 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
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
On (恩) A feeling of moral indebtedness, relating to a favour or blessing given by others. Japanese life
Age-otori The bad feeling one gets after a terrible haircut Japanese adverse event feeling
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Haiku (俳句) A form of Japanese poetry, usually just 17 syllables long (with lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables), involving the sudden juxtapositions of ideas or images, and often focused on natural (e.g., seasonal) phenomena. Japanese art
Boketto The act of gazing vacantly into the distance. Japanese thinking
Mu (無) Not one, not zero, not yes, not no Japanese measurement
Tachiyomi To stand in a bookstore and read a book without buying it Japanese society funny action
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
Wabi-sabi Finding beauty within the imperfections of life and peacefully accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. Japanese beauty awareness



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