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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Tokimeki ときめき Excitement; Feeling of bliss or joy from a discrete experience Japanese emotion feeling happiness
Irusu Pretending to be out when someone knocks at your door Japanese event funny
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
Mono no aware The bittersweetness of a brief and grading moment of transcendent beauty. Japanese beauty
Hikikomori When a young person who is obsessed with TV, video games, and the internet, withdraws from society Japanese habits society
Tsundoku Acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them Japanese adverse
kaizen Continuous growth Japanese growth
Zanshin (残心) Lit. ‘remaining/enduring heart-mind’; a state of relaxed mental alertness (especially in the face of danger or stress). Japanese awareness
Kenshō (見性) Seeing (ken) one’s nature or essence (shō); perceiving one’s Buddha nature; sometimes interpreted as an initial or brief awakening. Japanese awareness growth
Koi No Yokan The feeling upon meeting someone that falling in love with them is inevitable. Japanese love
Seijaku (静寂) Quiet (sei) tranquillity (jaku); silence, calm, serenity (especially in the midst of activity or chaos). Japanese awareness beauty
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
Kusukusu The suppressed giggling and tittering of a group of women Japanese sound friends funny
On (恩) A feeling of moral indebtedness, relating to a favour or blessing given by others. Japanese life
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action
Umami A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter); savoriness Japanese food attribute
Boketto (ぼけっと) gazing vacantly into the distance (without thought or sense of self). Japanese
Bimyou Not bad, or "meh" Japanese attribute
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
Wasuremono Forgotten or lost things; an item left behind on a train or forgotten at home. Japanese adverse habits
Shibui Old school cool Japanese attribute
Yokomeshi Literal: "meal eaten sideways"; the stress caused by speaking a foreign language Japanese stress feeling awareness
Age-otori The bad feeling one gets after a terrible haircut Japanese adverse event feeling
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 The act of gazing vacantly into the distance. Japanese thinking



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