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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Ikigai A reason for being; the thing that gets you up in the morning. Japanese growth happiness
Kuidare To eat yourself into backruptcy Japanese food funny
Ukiyo The floating world - living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life Japanese creative visual art
Eshaku A slight bow of around 15 degrees Japanese physical action
On (恩) A feeling of moral indebtedness, relating to a favour or blessing given by others. Japanese life
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese society
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
Shouganai It cannot be helped. Japanese philosophy fate
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
Komorebi (木漏れ日) Lit. wood is ‘leaking’ sunlight; dappled sunlight filtering through leaves. Japanese nature beauty
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
Age-otori The bad feeling one gets after a terrible haircut Japanese adverse event feeling
Jibaku The act of unintentionally or inadvertently demolishing your own argument in the process of defending your view Japanese confusion interaction
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
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Fuubutsushi The things – feelings, scents, images – that evoke memories or anticipation for a particular season. Japanese time
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
Irusu Pretending to be out when someone knocks at your door Japanese event funny
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action
kaizen Continuous growth Japanese growth
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
Boketto (ぼけっと) gazing vacantly into the distance (without thought or sense of self). Japanese
Kusukusu The suppressed giggling and tittering of a group of women Japanese sound friends funny
Kyoiku mama A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement Japanese family work growth



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