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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Kintsukuroi To repair with gold. Understanding that a piece is more beautiful for having broken. Japanese beauty change
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action
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
Tachiyomi To stand in a bookstore and read a book without buying it Japanese society funny action
Shinrin-yoku (森林浴) bathing' in the forest (literally and/or metaphorically). Japanese nature event
Ukiyo The floating world - living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life Japanese creative visual art
Zanshin (残心) Lit. ‘remaining/enduring heart-mind’; a state of relaxed mental alertness (especially in the face of danger or stress). Japanese awareness
Hikikomori When a young person who is obsessed with TV, video games, and the internet, withdraws from society Japanese habits society
Bimyou Not bad, or "meh" Japanese attribute
Kyoiku mama A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement Japanese family work growth
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
Amaeru To seek affection through doing things like clinging or pleading Japanese persistence
Utura-utura (うつらうつら) To drift between sleep and wakefulness. Japanese event time phsyical
Fuubutsushi The things – feelings, scents, images – that evoke memories or anticipation for a particular season. Japanese time
Boketto The act of gazing vacantly into the distance. Japanese thinking
Yokomeshi Literal: "meal eaten sideways"; the stress caused by speaking a foreign language Japanese stress feeling awareness
On (恩) A feeling of moral indebtedness, relating to a favour or blessing given by others. Japanese life
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
Kusukusu The suppressed giggling and tittering of a group of women Japanese sound friends funny
Seijaku (静寂) Quiet (sei) tranquillity (jaku); silence, calm, serenity (especially in the midst of activity or chaos). Japanese awareness beauty
Nintendo “Leave luck to heaven” or to leave one's fortune in the hands of fate Japanese philosophy fate
Noroke To brag about or sing the praises of the person you love Japanese love emotion
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
Boketto (ぼけっと) gazing vacantly into the distance (without thought or sense of self). Japanese
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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