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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
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
Tachiyomi To stand in a bookstore and read a book without buying it Japanese society funny action
Hikikomori When a young person who is obsessed with TV, video games, and the internet, withdraws from society Japanese habits society
Jibaku The act of unintentionally or inadvertently demolishing your own argument in the process of defending your view Japanese confusion interaction
Shibui Old school cool Japanese attribute
Nintendo “Leave luck to heaven” or to leave one's fortune in the hands of fate Japanese philosophy fate
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
Amaeru To seek affection through doing things like clinging or pleading Japanese persistence
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action
Komorebi (木漏れ日) Lit. wood is ‘leaking’ sunlight; dappled sunlight filtering through leaves. Japanese nature beauty
Boketto The act of gazing vacantly into the distance. Japanese thinking
Mu (無) Not one, not zero, not yes, not no Japanese measurement
Koi No Yokan The feeling upon meeting someone that falling in love with them is inevitable. Japanese love
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
Shinrin-yoku (森林浴) bathing' in the forest (literally and/or metaphorically). Japanese nature event
Zanshin (残心) Lit. ‘remaining/enduring heart-mind’; a state of relaxed mental alertness (especially in the face of danger or stress). Japanese awareness
Umami A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter); savoriness Japanese food attribute
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
Utura-utura (うつらうつら) To drift between sleep and wakefulness. Japanese event time phsyical
Irusu Pretending to be out when someone knocks at your door Japanese event funny
Wasuremono Forgotten or lost things; an item left behind on a train or forgotten at home. Japanese adverse habits
Ikigai A reason for being; the thing that gets you up in the morning. Japanese growth happiness
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Yugen A profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe…and the sad beauty of human suffering. Japanese beauty awareness philosophy



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