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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Zuihitsu (随筆) Literally, “running brush”. A genre of Japanese literature; authors write what’s top of mind and follow their random thoughts. The genre is more personal than performative and gives the reader an intimate look at the inner workings of the writer’s mind. Japanese writing creative
On-nomi The practice of getting together with friends on the internet and having a drink together Japanese friends
Seijaku (静寂) Quiet (sei) tranquillity (jaku); silence, calm, serenity (especially in the midst of activity or chaos). Japanese awareness beauty
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
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
Majime (真面目) Reliable, responsible, diligent; seriousness, formality. Japanese society attribute
On (恩) A feeling of moral indebtedness, relating to a favour or blessing given by others. Japanese life
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 (ぼけっと) gazing vacantly into the distance (without thought or sense of self). Japanese
Ukiyo The floating world - living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life Japanese creative visual art
Umami A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter); savoriness Japanese food attribute
Kokoro A unity of mind and heart. Japanese awareness feeling
Mu (無) Not one, not zero, not yes, not no Japanese measurement
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Kyoiku mama A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement Japanese family work growth
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
Yoroshiku onegai shimasu Favorably, please. Japanese positive
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action
Wabi-sabi Finding beauty within the imperfections of life and peacefully accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. Japanese beauty awareness
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
Tsuji-giri To try out a new sword on a passer-by Japanese action violence
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
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




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