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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Kuebiko A state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence Japanese adverse feeling
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Fuubutsushi The things – feelings, scents, images – that evoke memories or anticipation for a particular season. Japanese time
Kusukusu The suppressed giggling and tittering of a group of women Japanese sound friends funny
Yokomeshi Literal: "meal eaten sideways"; the stress caused by speaking a foreign language Japanese stress feeling awareness
Wabi-sabi Finding beauty within the imperfections of life and peacefully accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. Japanese beauty awareness
Ikigai A reason for being; the thing that gets you up in the morning. Japanese growth happiness
Koi No Yokan The feeling upon meeting someone that falling in love with them is inevitable. Japanese love
On (恩) A feeling of moral indebtedness, relating to a favour or blessing given by others. Japanese life
Kintsukuroi To repair with gold. Understanding that a piece is more beautiful for having broken. Japanese beauty change
Shouganai It cannot be helped. Japanese philosophy fate
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
Umami A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter); savoriness Japanese food attribute
Kyoiku mama A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement Japanese family work growth
Noroke To brag about or sing the praises of the person you love Japanese love emotion
Shinrin-yoku (森林浴) bathing' in the forest (literally and/or metaphorically). Japanese nature event
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
Wasuremono Forgotten or lost things; an item left behind on a train or forgotten at home. Japanese adverse habits
Jibaku The act of unintentionally or inadvertently demolishing your own argument in the process of defending your view Japanese confusion interaction
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
Boketto (ぼけっと) gazing vacantly into the distance (without thought or sense of self). Japanese
Mono no aware The bittersweetness of a brief and grading moment of transcendent beauty. Japanese beauty
Age-otori The bad feeling one gets after a terrible haircut Japanese adverse event feeling
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
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



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