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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Ikigai A reason for being; the thing that gets you up in the morning. Japanese growth happiness
Wasuremono Forgotten or lost things; an item left behind on a train or forgotten at home. Japanese adverse habits
Tokimeki ときめき Excitement; Feeling of bliss or joy from a discrete experience Japanese emotion feeling happiness
Tsundoku Acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them Japanese adverse
Boketto The act of gazing vacantly into the distance. Japanese thinking
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
Hikikomori When a young person who is obsessed with TV, video games, and the internet, withdraws from society Japanese habits society
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
Kuidare To eat yourself into backruptcy Japanese food funny
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
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
Umami A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter); savoriness Japanese food attribute
Noroke To brag about or sing the praises of the person you love Japanese love emotion
Kyoiku mama A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement Japanese family work growth
Kusukusu The suppressed giggling and tittering of a group of women Japanese sound friends funny
Shibui Old school cool Japanese attribute
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
kaizen Continuous growth Japanese growth
Yugen A profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe…and the sad beauty of human suffering. Japanese beauty awareness philosophy
Yokomeshi Literal: "meal eaten sideways"; the stress caused by speaking a foreign language Japanese stress feeling awareness
Seijaku (静寂) Quiet (sei) tranquillity (jaku); silence, calm, serenity (especially in the midst of activity or chaos). Japanese awareness beauty
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action
Mu (無) Not one, not zero, not yes, not no Japanese measurement
Nintendo “Leave luck to heaven” or to leave one's fortune in the hands of fate Japanese philosophy fate



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