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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Irusu Pretending to be out when someone knocks at your door Japanese event funny
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
Ikigai A reason for being; the thing that gets you up in the morning. Japanese growth happiness
Zanshin (残心) Lit. ‘remaining/enduring heart-mind’; a state of relaxed mental alertness (especially in the face of danger or stress). Japanese awareness
Majime (真面目) Reliable, responsible, diligent; seriousness, formality. Japanese society attribute
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action
Shinrin-yoku (森林浴) bathing' in the forest (literally and/or metaphorically). Japanese nature event
Kyoiku mama A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement Japanese family work growth
Amaeru To seek affection through doing things like clinging or pleading Japanese persistence
Kusukusu The suppressed giggling and tittering of a group of women Japanese sound friends funny
Umami A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter); savoriness Japanese food attribute
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese society
Mu (無) Not one, not zero, not yes, not no Japanese measurement
Kuidare To eat yourself into backruptcy Japanese food funny
Koi No Yokan The feeling upon meeting someone that falling in love with them is inevitable. Japanese love
Kuebiko A state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence Japanese adverse feeling
Kintsukuroi To repair with gold. Understanding that a piece is more beautiful for having broken. Japanese beauty change
Tachiyomi To stand in a bookstore and read a book without buying it Japanese society funny action
Shibui Old school cool Japanese 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
Hikikomori When a young person who is obsessed with TV, video games, and the internet, withdraws from society Japanese habits society
Tokimeki ときめき Excitement; Feeling of bliss or joy from a discrete experience Japanese emotion feeling happiness
Seijaku (静寂) Quiet (sei) tranquillity (jaku); silence, calm, serenity (especially in the midst of activity or chaos). Japanese awareness 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
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society



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