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Japanese Words That Have More Meaning Than Most People Pack Into An Entire Sentence

My cousins are hoping to plan a family trip to Japan, so I have been inspired to read a few novels rooted in Japanese lore (such as Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa). After finding several German words that I fell in love with, I wanted to explore some Japanese words that didn’t translate perfectly into English. With one concise Japanese word, you can convey complex emotions-- you can definitely use some of these in everyday life (especially numbers 3 and 8).

1. Koi no Yokan= the sense you get when you've just met someone but feel certain you're going to fall in love

2. Komorebi= the sight of sunbeams shining through the leaves

3. Age-otori= the feeling you get after leaving a barbershop looking worse than you did when you entered, experiencing a blend of regret, suffering, and shame

4. Omotenashi=the quality of being thoughtful and considerate of others so that you can anticipate their needs and adjust your actions accordingly

5. Ukiyo= the feeling of being present and mindful of the current moment, unbothered by stress

6. Shinrin-yoku= the feeling of soaking in the sunlight and greenery within a forest

7. Tsundoku= the process of buying a book you swear you're going to read, failing to do so, finding a new book, rinse and repeat, until the books pile up until you can use the books to build a sizable fort

8. Irusu= feeling incredibly antisocial and pretending not to be home when somebody rings your doorbell

9. Furusato= your hometown, or the place your heart longs for

10. Kuidaore= eating so much that you topple over, and you are bankrupt because all your money has been spent on food

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