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Datsubou (脱帽 - Taking One's Hat Off) With native lang

There is a Japanese term: 脱帽 (datsubou). 脱 (datsu) means "to take off" and 帽 (bou) means "hat," so the literal mea...
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Feb 28, 2018 15:45 English essay
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Posharu (ポシャる - Falling Through) With native lang

Yesterday, I introduced you to the Japanese term "ojan," which means that a plan or a thing goes up in smoke. Today I'd ...
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Feb 27, 2018 11:31 English essay
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Ojan (おじゃん - Falling Through) With native lang

When a plan or a thing goes up in smoke, we refers to it as おじゃん (ojan) or おじゃんになる (ojan ni naru - becoming ojan) in Japanese. お (o) i...
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Feb 26, 2018 11:12 English essay
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Unagi Nobori (うなぎのぼり - Spiral Rise) With native lang

When something such as price or status rises rapidly, we express the phenomenon by using the metaphor, うなぎのぼり (unagi nobori). うなぎ (una...
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Feb 25, 2018 13:47 English essay
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Itadaki Dachi (いただき立ち) With native lang

Yesterday, I introduced you to the word "oitoma," which is used when you leave a house you're visiting. Today I'd li...
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Feb 24, 2018 17:01 English essay
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Oitoma (おいとま - Leaving) With native lang

Over the past two days, I introduced you to the Japanese terms that related to service to visitors. Today I'd like to talk about お...
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Feb 23, 2018 16:44 English essay
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Omotase (お持たせ) With native lang

Yesterday, I introduced you to the word 空茶 (karacha), which means to serve green tea without refreshments. This word is often used whe...
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Feb 22, 2018 17:18 English essay
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Karacha (空茶) With native lang

When treating visitors in Japan, we often serve green tea with refreshments (Japanese confectionery). However, if the visitor came to ...
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Feb 21, 2018 12:03 English essay
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Happou Bijin (八方美人 - Everybody's Friend) With native lang

A woman who tries to please everybody is called 八方美人 (happou bijin) in Japanese. 八方 (happou) means "eight directions" and 美人...
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Feb 20, 2018 10:58 English essay
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Shiku Hakku (四苦八苦 - Struggling to Do) With native lang

Struggling to do something or floundering is called 四苦八苦 (shiku hakku) in Japanese. 四 means "four," 苦 means "suffering,...
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Feb 19, 2018 15:01 English essay
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Wakai Tsubame (若いツバメ - Toy Boy) With native lang

We sometimes refers to a young man who is a lover with older woman as 若いツバメ (wakai tsubame). 若い (wakai) means "young" and ツバ...
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Feb 18, 2018 16:07 English essay
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Udsagi Goya (ウサギ小屋 - Rabbit Hutch) With native lang

Japanese houses are sometimes described as ウサギ小屋 (usagi goya), the literal meaning of which is "rabbit hutch." The reason is...
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Feb 17, 2018 21:34 English essay
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Snowboarding and Skiing With native lang

I've been a snow mountain since yesterday due to my work. Yesterday, I tried to do snowboarding. Since I had little experience ...
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Feb 16, 2018 20:19 English essay
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Oetsu (嗚咽 - Sobbing) With native lang

Last week I got a job interview of a new position, but I also got a notice of rejection yesterday. I'm about to sob in a choking v...
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Feb 15, 2018 18:11 English essay
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Kuragae (鞍替え - Changing Sides) With native lang

Have you ever changed your job? Generally, changing your job or career is called 転職 (tenshoku) in Japanese. Here 転 (ten) means &quo...
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Feb 14, 2018 20:04 English essay
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Kimo ga Suwaru (肝が据わる) With native lang

Yesterday, I introduced you to the expression; 心臓に毛が生えている (shinzo ni ke ga haeteiru - hairs are sprouted on one's heart), which means...
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Feb 13, 2018 18:53 English essay
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Shinzo ni Ke ga Haeteiru (心臓に毛が生えている - Stout) With native lang

We sometimes call a person who is stout and brazen 心臓に毛が生えている (shinzo ni ke ga haeteiru). 心臓 (shinzo) means "heart," "毛...
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Feb 12, 2018 13:39 English essay
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Kokoro (心 - Heart) With native lang

One's mind, that would be basis of human feelings, knowledge, or intention, is called 心 (kokoro) in Japanese. There is a theory th...
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Feb 11, 2018 14:55 English essay
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人 (Hito - Person) With native lang

Today I'd like to talk about the Kanji: 人 (hito), which means "person" or "human." In the famous Japanese dram...
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Feb 10, 2018 20:24 English essay
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Kutabireru (くたびれる - Tired) With native lang

Yesterday, くたびれました (kutabire mashita – I was tired). The verb くたびれる (kutabireru) means to lose your physical energy and tired/exhauste...
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Feb 9, 2018 09:27 English essay