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ukiyo
the “floating world”; a place of fleeting beauty and living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life
ikigai
a reason to get up in the morning
yugen
an awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious to be described
tatemae
what you pretend you think
honne
what you actually think
koi no yukan
the sense one can have upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love
wabi-sabi
finding beauty in something considered imperfect
komorebi
the sort of scattered, dappled light effect that happens when sunlight shines in through tree leaves
natsukashii
a longing for the past
kaizen
small incremental changes that add up to large improvements over time
age-otori
to look worse after a haircut
bakku-shan
a beautiful girl, as long as she's viewed from behind
yoko meshi
the peculiar stress induced by eating a foreign language; literally "a meal eaten sideways"
aware
the bittersweetness of a brief and fading moment of transcendent beauty
kyoikumama
a mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement
arigata-meiwaku
an act someone does for you that you didn’t want to have them do and tried to avoid having them do, but they went ahead anyway, determined to do you a favor, and then things went wrong and caused you a lot of trouble, yet in the end social conventions required you to express gratitude
boketto
the act of gazing vacantly into the distance without thinking
tsujigiri
to casually test a new sword on a passerby
betsubara
someone who always has room for dessert