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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
On (恩) A feeling of moral indebtedness, relating to a favour or blessing given by others. Japanese life
Eshaku A slight bow of around 15 degrees Japanese physical action
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
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
Kuidare To eat yourself into backruptcy Japanese food funny
Majime (真面目) Reliable, responsible, diligent; seriousness, formality. Japanese society attribute
Sokaiya A man with a few shares in several companies who extorts money by threatening to come to the shareholders' meetings and cause trouble Japanese adverse
Utura-utura (うつらうつら) To drift between sleep and wakefulness. Japanese event time phsyical
Umami A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter); savoriness Japanese food attribute
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
Mono no aware The bittersweetness of a brief and grading moment of transcendent beauty. Japanese beauty
Boketto The act of gazing vacantly into the distance. Japanese thinking
Bimyou Not bad, or "meh" Japanese attribute
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action
Shinrin-yoku (森林浴) bathing' in the forest (literally and/or metaphorically). Japanese nature event
Shibui Old school cool Japanese attribute
Age-otori The bad feeling one gets after a terrible haircut Japanese adverse event feeling
Tsundoku Acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them Japanese adverse
Zanshin (残心) Lit. ‘remaining/enduring heart-mind’; a state of relaxed mental alertness (especially in the face of danger or stress). Japanese awareness
Yugen A profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe…and the sad beauty of human suffering. Japanese beauty awareness philosophy
Yoroshiku onegai shimasu Favorably, please. Japanese positive
Jibaku The act of unintentionally or inadvertently demolishing your own argument in the process of defending your view Japanese confusion interaction
kaizen Continuous growth Japanese growth
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



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