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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Kyoiku mama A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement Japanese family work growth
Tokimeki ときめき Excitement; Feeling of bliss or joy from a discrete experience Japanese emotion feeling happiness
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
Tsundoku Acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them Japanese adverse
Mu (無) Not one, not zero, not yes, not no Japanese measurement
Ikigai A reason for being; the thing that gets you up in the morning. Japanese growth happiness
Ukiyo The floating world - living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life Japanese creative visual art
Utura-utura (うつらうつら) To drift between sleep and wakefulness. Japanese event time phsyical
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
Kuebiko A state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence Japanese adverse feeling
Bimyou Not bad, or "meh" Japanese attribute
Yugen A profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe…and the sad beauty of human suffering. Japanese beauty awareness philosophy
Koi No Yokan The feeling upon meeting someone that falling in love with them is inevitable. Japanese love
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
kaizen Continuous growth Japanese growth
Hikikomori When a young person who is obsessed with TV, video games, and the internet, withdraws from society Japanese habits society
Shouganai It cannot be helped. Japanese philosophy fate
Boketto (ぼけっと) gazing vacantly into the distance (without thought or sense of self). Japanese
Age-otori The bad feeling one gets after a terrible haircut Japanese adverse event feeling
Kintsukuroi To repair with gold. Understanding that a piece is more beautiful for having broken. Japanese beauty change
Kusukusu The suppressed giggling and tittering of a group of women Japanese sound friends funny
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese society
Shibui Old school cool Japanese attribute
Amaeru To seek affection through doing things like clinging or pleading Japanese persistence
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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