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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Jibaku The act of unintentionally or inadvertently demolishing your own argument in the process of defending your view Japanese confusion interaction
Mu (無) Not one, not zero, not yes, not no Japanese measurement
Nintendo “Leave luck to heaven” or to leave one's fortune in the hands of fate Japanese philosophy fate
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
Eshaku A slight bow of around 15 degrees Japanese physical action
Wasuremono Forgotten or lost things; an item left behind on a train or forgotten at home. Japanese adverse habits
Yoroshiku onegai shimasu Favorably, please. Japanese positive
Tokimeki ときめき Excitement; Feeling of bliss or joy from a discrete experience Japanese emotion feeling happiness
Amaeru To seek affection through doing things like clinging or pleading Japanese persistence
Kuidare To eat yourself into backruptcy Japanese food funny
Boketto (ぼけっと) gazing vacantly into the distance (without thought or sense of self). Japanese
Zanshin (残心) Lit. ‘remaining/enduring heart-mind’; a state of relaxed mental alertness (especially in the face of danger or stress). Japanese awareness
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
Age-otori The bad feeling one gets after a terrible haircut Japanese adverse event feeling
Mono no aware The bittersweetness of a brief and grading moment of transcendent beauty. Japanese beauty
Utura-utura (うつらうつら) To drift between sleep and wakefulness. Japanese event time phsyical
Kyoiku mama A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement Japanese family work growth
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Seijaku (静寂) Quiet (sei) tranquillity (jaku); silence, calm, serenity (especially in the midst of activity or chaos). Japanese awareness beauty
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action
Noroke To brag about or sing the praises of the person you love Japanese love emotion
Fuubutsushi The things – feelings, scents, images – that evoke memories or anticipation for a particular season. Japanese time
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
Ukiyo The floating world - living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life Japanese creative visual art



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