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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Utura-utura (うつらうつら) To drift between sleep and wakefulness. Japanese event time phsyical
Komorebi (木漏れ日) Lit. wood is ‘leaking’ sunlight; dappled sunlight filtering through leaves. Japanese nature beauty
Kintsukuroi To repair with gold. Understanding that a piece is more beautiful for having broken. Japanese beauty change
Yugen A profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe…and the sad beauty of human suffering. Japanese beauty awareness philosophy
Irusu Pretending to be out when someone knocks at your door Japanese event funny
Koi No Yokan The feeling upon meeting someone that falling in love with them is inevitable. Japanese love
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
Seijaku (静寂) Quiet (sei) tranquillity (jaku); silence, calm, serenity (especially in the midst of activity or chaos). Japanese awareness beauty
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese society
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
Boketto The act of gazing vacantly into the distance. Japanese thinking
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Shinrin-yoku (森林浴) bathing' in the forest (literally and/or metaphorically). Japanese nature event
Eshaku A slight bow of around 15 degrees Japanese physical action
Fuubutsushi The things – feelings, scents, images – that evoke memories or anticipation for a particular season. Japanese time
Noroke To brag about or sing the praises of the person you love Japanese love emotion
Wabi-sabi Finding beauty within the imperfections of life and peacefully accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. Japanese beauty awareness
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
Umami A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter); savoriness Japanese food attribute
kaizen Continuous growth Japanese growth
Zanshin (残心) Lit. ‘remaining/enduring heart-mind’; a state of relaxed mental alertness (especially in the face of danger or stress). Japanese awareness
Tokimeki ときめき Excitement; Feeling of bliss or joy from a discrete experience Japanese emotion feeling happiness
Boketto (ぼけっと) gazing vacantly into the distance (without thought or sense of self). Japanese
Shibui Old school cool Japanese attribute
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action



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