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untranslatable Japanese words

もののあわれ (物の哀れ) `the pathos of things`; the gentle wistfulness of the transience of things in life
つんどく (積読) the act of buying books and not reading them, letting them pile up
さつきばれ (五月晴れ) a sunny day in the rainy season; a particularly bright sky in early may
かわあかり (川明かり) the gleam of the last light on a river`s surface at dusk; glow of a river in the darkness
ふうぶつし (風物詩) the things (images, scents, feelings) that evoke memories or anticipation of a particular season
こもれび (木漏れ日) sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees
わびさび (侘び寂び) an intuitive way of living that emphasizes finding beauty in imperfection, and accepting the natural order of growth and decay
ゆうげん (幽玄) an awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious for words; incomprehensible depth and hidden beauty of things you don`t understand
きんつくろい (金繕い) `to repair with gold`; the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken
おおざっぱ (大雑把) rough or broad; describes a person who doesn`t really sweat the details whether for better or worse
いるす (居留守) when one pretends to be out of the house when someone comes by
ちゅうとはんぱ (中途半端) not quite one thing but not quite the other either; `halfway and some fragments`; both too much and to little to be helpful; half-baked
まじめ (真面目) diligent, serious, earnest; the personality of someone who is responsible, reliable, and can get things done without causing drama or problems for others
よこめし (横飯) describes the stress induced when speaking a different language
こいのよかん (恋の予感) the feeling that one has when first meeting a person that the two of you will fall in love; not love at first sight because this expression represents a feeling of the future not the present
きょういくママ(教育ママ) a mother who relentlessly pushes her children to academic achievement and is obsessed with her children`s academic success
バックシャン word for a woman who looks nice from behind but ugly in front; nice ass
ぼけっと する the act of gazing vacantly into the distance without thinking of anything in particular; spacing out
ほんね (本音) one`s true intentions or feelings that are often kept hidden due to them differing from what is expected by society according to one`s position or circumstances
たてまえ (建前) the behavior and feelings one displays in public to conform to what is expected by society according to one`s position or circumstances
Created by: jadethestone



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