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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
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
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
Wasuremono Forgotten or lost things; an item left behind on a train or forgotten at home. Japanese adverse habits
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
Boketto The act of gazing vacantly into the distance. Japanese thinking
Ukiyo The floating world - living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life Japanese creative visual art
Amaeru To seek affection through doing things like clinging or pleading Japanese persistence
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
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
Umami A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter); savoriness Japanese food attribute
Nintendo “Leave luck to heaven” or to leave one's fortune in the hands of fate Japanese philosophy fate
Bimyou Not bad, or "meh" Japanese attribute
Hikikomori When a young person who is obsessed with TV, video games, and the internet, withdraws from society Japanese habits society
Kusukusu The suppressed giggling and tittering of a group of women Japanese sound friends funny
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
Tokimeki ときめき Excitement; Feeling of bliss or joy from a discrete experience Japanese emotion feeling happiness
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action
Tachiyomi To stand in a bookstore and read a book without buying it Japanese society funny action
Komorebi (木漏れ日) Lit. wood is ‘leaking’ sunlight; dappled sunlight filtering through leaves. Japanese nature 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
Yoroshiku onegai shimasu Favorably, please. Japanese positive
Shouganai It cannot be helped. Japanese philosophy fate
Tsundoku Acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them Japanese adverse
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese society



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