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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Zanshin (残心) Lit. ‘remaining/enduring heart-mind’; a state of relaxed mental alertness (especially in the face of danger or stress). Japanese awareness
Yugen A profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe…and the sad beauty of human suffering. Japanese beauty awareness philosophy
Koi No Yokan The feeling upon meeting someone that falling in love with them is inevitable. Japanese love
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese society
Tokimeku A sudden flutter in your heart, or that feeling of inspiration if you’re anticipating something Japanese feeling exciting
Hikikomori When a young person who is obsessed with TV, video games, and the internet, withdraws from society Japanese habits society
Komorebi (木漏れ日) Lit. wood is ‘leaking’ sunlight; dappled sunlight filtering through leaves. Japanese nature beauty
Shinrin-yoku (森林浴) bathing' in the forest (literally and/or metaphorically). Japanese nature event
Wabi-sabi Finding beauty within the imperfections of life and peacefully accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. Japanese beauty awareness
Gemba The real place'; in business it refers to the real place where value is created, such as the factory floor. Instead of depending on hierarchy, the people who are closest to what's happening make decisions. Ie: the more hands-on knowledge a decision-maker has, the better their decision will be. Japanese work cultural
On-nomi The practice of getting together with friends on the internet and having a drink together Japanese friends
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
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
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
Nintendo “Leave luck to heaven” or to leave one's fortune in the hands of fate Japanese philosophy fate
Bimyou Not bad, or "meh" Japanese attribute
Kuidare To eat yourself into backruptcy Japanese food funny
Shibui Old school cool Japanese attribute
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Boketto (ぼけっと) gazing vacantly into the distance (without thought or sense of self). Japanese
Shuhari A Japanese martial art concept which describes the stages of learning to mastery. Roughly is translated to "to keep, to fall, to break away". To first learn the fundamentals (shu), then to break away from traditions (ha), then finally to transcend to where there are no techniques (ri). To "beomce one with the spirit alone". Japanese growth
Umami A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter); savoriness Japanese food attribute
kaizen Continuous growth Japanese growth
Poka-Yoke Any mechanism in any process that helps an equipment operator avoid (yokeru) mistakes (poka) Japanese work process




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