Eunoia

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Yugen A profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe…and the sad beauty of human suffering. Japanese beauty awareness philosophy
Umami A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter); savoriness Japanese food attribute
Amaeru To seek affection through doing things like clinging or pleading Japanese persistence
Wasuremono Forgotten or lost things; an item left behind on a train or forgotten at home. Japanese adverse habits
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese society
Tsundoku Acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them Japanese adverse
Tokimeki ときめき Excitement; Feeling of bliss or joy from a discrete experience Japanese emotion feeling happiness
Majime (真面目) Reliable, responsible, diligent; seriousness, formality. Japanese society 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
Irusu Pretending to be out when someone knocks at your door Japanese event funny
Noroke To brag about or sing the praises of the person you love Japanese love emotion
Yoroshiku onegai shimasu Favorably, please. Japanese positive
Eshaku A slight bow of around 15 degrees Japanese physical action
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
Wabi-sabi Finding beauty within the imperfections of life and peacefully accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. Japanese beauty awareness
Shouganai It cannot be helped. Japanese philosophy fate
Boketto The act of gazing vacantly into the distance. Japanese thinking
Utura-utura (うつらうつら) To drift between sleep and wakefulness. Japanese event time phsyical
Nintendo “Leave luck to heaven” or to leave one's fortune in the hands of fate Japanese philosophy fate
Hikikomori When a young person who is obsessed with TV, video games, and the internet, withdraws from society Japanese habits society
Bimyou Not bad, or "meh" Japanese attribute
Kyoiku mama A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement Japanese family work growth
Shinrin-yoku (森林浴) bathing' in the forest (literally and/or metaphorically). Japanese nature event
Mu (無) Not one, not zero, not yes, not no Japanese measurement
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




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