14 Perfect Japanese Words

A bit of fun from buzzfeed.com: “14 Perfect Japanese Words You Need in Your Life.” So many of these made me smile for different reasons.

1.) Komorebi (n): sunlight filtering through trees.
2.) Irusu (n): pretending to be out when someone knocks at your door.
3.) Shinrin-Yoku (n): literally “forest bathing” – a visit to the forest for relaxation and to improve one’s health.
4.) Tsundoku (n): the act of buying a book and leaving it unread, often piled together with other unread books.


5.) Ukiyo (n): literally “the floating world” – living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life.
6.) Majime (n): an earnest, reliable person who can simply get things done without causing drama.
7.) Ikigai (n): a reason for being; the thing that gets you up in the morning.
8.) Yugen (n): a profound awareness of the universe that triggers a deep emotional response.


9.) Yoisho (n): a word without meaning, said when flopping into a chair after a hard day at work.
10.) Wasuremono (n): forgotten or lost things; an item left behind on a train or forgotten at home.
11.) Hikikomori (n): when a young person who is obsessed with TV, video games, and the internet, withdraws from society.


12.) Bimyou (n): not bad, or “meh”.
13.) Shibui (n): old school cool.
14. Kuidaore (n): to eat yourself into bankruptcy.

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