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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
On (恩) A feeling of moral indebtedness, relating to a favour or blessing given by others. Japanese life
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese society
Seijaku (静寂) Quiet (sei) tranquillity (jaku); silence, calm, serenity (especially in the midst of activity or chaos). Japanese awareness 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
Kusukusu The suppressed giggling and tittering of a group of women Japanese sound friends funny
Kyoiku mama A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement Japanese family work growth
Wabi-sabi Finding beauty within the imperfections of life and peacefully accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. Japanese beauty awareness
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
Mu (無) Not one, not zero, not yes, not no Japanese measurement
Bimyou Not bad, or "meh" Japanese attribute
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
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
Shinrin-yoku (森林浴) bathing' in the forest (literally and/or metaphorically). Japanese nature event
Utura-utura (うつらうつら) To drift between sleep and wakefulness. Japanese event time phsyical
Boketto The act of gazing vacantly into the distance. Japanese thinking
Umami A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter); savoriness Japanese food attribute
Koi No Yokan The feeling upon meeting someone that falling in love with them is inevitable. Japanese love
Age-otori The bad feeling one gets after a terrible haircut Japanese adverse event feeling
Hikikomori When a young person who is obsessed with TV, video games, and the internet, withdraws from society Japanese habits society
Boketto (ぼけっと) gazing vacantly into the distance (without thought or sense of self). Japanese
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
Nintendo “Leave luck to heaven” or to leave one's fortune in the hands of fate Japanese philosophy fate
Kuidare To eat yourself into backruptcy Japanese food funny
Mono no aware The bittersweetness of a brief and grading moment of transcendent beauty. Japanese beauty
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society



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