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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Boketto The act of gazing vacantly into the distance. Japanese thinking
Hikikomori When a young person who is obsessed with TV, video games, and the internet, withdraws from society Japanese habits 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 (ぼけっと) gazing vacantly into the distance (without thought or sense of self). Japanese
Fuubutsushi The things – feelings, scents, images – that evoke memories or anticipation for a particular season. Japanese time
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
Tsundoku Acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them Japanese adverse
Ukiyo The floating world - living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life Japanese creative visual art
Umami A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter); savoriness Japanese food attribute
Wasuremono Forgotten or lost things; an item left behind on a train or forgotten at home. Japanese adverse habits
Bimyou Not bad, or "meh" Japanese attribute
Utura-utura (うつらうつら) To drift between sleep and wakefulness. Japanese event time phsyical
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
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Eshaku A slight bow of around 15 degrees Japanese physical action
kaizen Continuous growth Japanese growth
Shouganai It cannot be helped. Japanese philosophy fate
Tachiyomi To stand in a bookstore and read a book without buying it Japanese society funny action
Tokimeki ときめき Excitement; Feeling of bliss or joy from a discrete experience Japanese emotion feeling happiness
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
Yugen A profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe…and the sad beauty of human suffering. Japanese beauty awareness philosophy
Age-otori The bad feeling one gets after a terrible haircut Japanese adverse event feeling
Kyoiku mama A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement Japanese family work growth
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action



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