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Point of interest: Uniquely Japanese words and concepts

Uniquely Japanese words and concepts
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Japanese contains a number of unique concepts which don't have direct parallels in English. We recently read '7 brilliant Japanese words we need in English' by Matthew Davis, published in Big Think, which is a fun read. It introduces a number of these concepts, several of which are common in daily usage in Japan. All of them are fascinating, and would make great conversation starters!
To help you study the terms in Japanese, we've gathered references to the words on Kanshudo, along with example sentences. Try to use one of them in your next Japanese conversation!
 

Ikigai - reason for living

noun
something one lives for; purpose in life; raison d'être
(click the word to view an additional 3 forms, examples and links)
TEST
わたし
たち
なに
きがい
たなければならない

We must have something to live for.
 

Karōshi - death from overwork

karoshi; death from overwork
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TEST
てんぽう
転封
かちゅう
家中
ないふん
内紛
すり
らした
すえ
かろうし
過労死
であろう
He supposedly died from overwork, ground down by relocation and family troubles.
 

Shinrinyoku - forest therapy

noun
peaceful walk through the woods; being immersed in a forest; forest therapy
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TEST
そうどうせなら
さんぽ
散歩
がてら
りんどう
林道
って
プチ
しんりんよく
森林浴
でも・・・
I know, as we're going for a walk, we could take the forest path and do a little forest therapy ...
 

Shikata ga nai - it can't be helped

expression, 'i' adjective
it can't be helped; it's inevitable; it's no use; can't stand it; being impatient; being annoyed  (see also: 仕方のない)
(click the word to view an additional 2 forms, examples and links)
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TEST
じぶん
自分
やったことから
しかた
仕方
がない

You brought it on yourself.
 

Tsundoku - book stockpiling

1. buying books and not reading them; stockpiling books
noun
2. books bought but not read
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TEST
あれ
よく
ほん
どく

He often buys books but just leaves them unread.
 

Irusu - pretending to be out

noun
pretending to be out
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TEST
もし
でんわ
電話
かかってきたら
いるす
居留守
つか
使
っておいて

I'm not here if anybody calls.
 

Ageotori - the disappointment of a bad haircut!

noun
the disappointment that comes from a haircut that makes your hair look worse
(click the word for examples and links)
TEST
おと
いう
かみ
しっぱい
失敗
して
きぶん
気分
こと
'Ageotori' refers to the disappointment you feel when a haircut fails.
 

 
You can also view all the words together in the Analyzer.

Kanji used in this point of interest

シ   わたくし    わたし I, myself   
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カ   なに    なん what?   
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セイ   ショウ    life   なま raw   いかす to enliven   いきる to live   いける to arrange flowers   うまれる to be born   う to give birth to   き pure, undiluted   お to grow, to sprout   はえる to grow, to sprout   はやす to grow, cultivate   
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ジ   も to hold, to have   
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テン   ころがる to roll (intr.)   ころがす to roll (tr.)   ころげる to roll about   ころ to fall over   
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フウ   ホウ    seal   
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カ   ケ   house   いえ    や    
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チュウ   ジュウ   なか middle   
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ナイ   ダイ   うち inside   
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フン   confused   まぎれる to be confused   まぎらわす to make confusing   まぎらわしい ambiguous, confusing   まぎらす to divert, distract   
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シン   み body, person   
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ゲン   へ become less   へらす reduce   
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マツ   バツ   すえ end   
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カ   あやま mistake   あやま to slip up   すぎる to overdo, be more than   すごす to pass, spend   
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ロウ    labor   
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シ   death   し die   
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サン   ちらす to scatter, to distribute   ちらかす to scatter around   ちらかる to be in disorder   ち to fall (leaves etc)   
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ホ   フ   ブ   ある    あゆ to walk   
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リン   wood; trees   はやし wood   
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ドウ   トウ   みち road   
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コウ   ギョウ   アン   ゆ    い to go   おこな to take place   
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シン   もり forest   
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ヨク   あびる to shower, to bask in   あびせる to pour on   
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ジ   シ   みずか self   
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ブン   ブ   フン   わける to divide, to distinguish   わかる to understand   わかれる to be divided   わかつ to share, distribute   
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シ   ジ   つかえる to attend to   
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ホウ   かた way, direction   
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ヒ   かれ he   
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ホン   book   もと origin   
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バイ   か to buy   
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セキ   つ to load, to heap up   つもる to be piled up   
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ドク   トク   トウ   よ to read   
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デン    electricity   
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ワ   はな to talk   はなし talking   
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キョ   い to exist, to be present   
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ル   リュウ   とめる to detain   とまる to stop   
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シュ   ス   まも to protect, guard   もり babysitting   
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使
シ   つか to use   
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ジョウ   ショウ   うえ above   うわ- above   あげる to raise   あがる to rise   かみ first half, upper part   のぼ to climb   のぼせる to bring up, to raise   のぼ to bring up   
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レツ   inferior   おと to be inferior to   
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ハツ   かみ hair (of the head)   
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セツ   サイ   き to cut   きれる to break, to snap   
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シツ   うしな to lose   
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ハイ   defeated   やぶれる to be defeated, frustrated   
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キ   ケ    spirit   
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ラク   おちる to fall   おとす to drop (something)   
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crowded   こ to be crowded   こめる to load; to include   
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