Eunoia

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Noroke To brag about or sing the praises of the person you love Japanese love emotion
Majime (真面目) Reliable, responsible, diligent; seriousness, formality. Japanese society attribute
Tsundoku Acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them Japanese adverse
Kyoiku mama A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement Japanese family work growth
Irusu Pretending to be out when someone knocks at your door Japanese event funny
Fuubutsushi The things – feelings, scents, images – that evoke memories or anticipation for a particular season. Japanese time
Koi No Yokan The feeling upon meeting someone that falling in love with them is inevitable. Japanese love
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
kaizen Continuous growth Japanese growth
Age-otori The bad feeling one gets after a terrible haircut Japanese adverse event feeling
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
Shibui Old school cool Japanese attribute
Boketto The act of gazing vacantly into the distance. Japanese thinking
Ikigai A reason for being; the thing that gets you up in the morning. Japanese growth happiness
Amaeru To seek affection through doing things like clinging or pleading Japanese persistence
Tokimeki ときめき Excitement; Feeling of bliss or joy from a discrete experience Japanese emotion feeling happiness
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese society
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
Komorebi (木漏れ日) Lit. wood is ‘leaking’ sunlight; dappled sunlight filtering through leaves. Japanese nature beauty
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
Wabi-sabi Finding beauty within the imperfections of life and peacefully accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. Japanese beauty awareness
Ukiyo The floating world - living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life Japanese creative visual art
Mono no aware The bittersweetness of a brief and grading moment of transcendent beauty. Japanese 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




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