Tuesday, January 05, 2016



11 Beautiful Japanese Words
That Don't Exist In English

Untranslatable words from Japan

In Japanese culture, people have a lot of appreciation towards nature and it is very important to be polite towards others. That politeness and the nature appreciation reflected on to its language and created some beautiful words that are not translatable to English.


いただきます Itadakimasu

"Itadakimasu" means “I will have this.” It is used before eating any food to express appreciation and respect for life, nature, the person who prepared the food, the person who served the food, and everything else that is related to eating.


おつかれさま Otsukaresama

"Otsukaresama" means “you’re tired.” It is used to let someone know that you recognize his/her hard work and that you are thankful for it.


木漏れ日 Komorebi

"Komorebi" refers to the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees.


木枯らし Kogarashi

"Kogarashi" is the cold wind that lets us know of the arrival of winter.


物の哀れ Mononoaware

"Monoaware" is "the pathos of things." It is the awareness of the impermanence of all things and the gentle sadness and wistfulness at their passing.


森林浴 Shinrinyoku

“Shinrinyoku” ("forest bathing") is to go deep into the woods where everything is silent and peaceful for a relaxation.


幽玄 Yuugen
"Yuugen" is an awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses that are too mysterious and deep for words.


金継ぎ/金繕い kintsuki/kintsukuroi

"Kintsukuroi" is the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver joining the pieces and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.

Kintsukuroi

3 comments:

another country said...

Ne nous voilons pas la face : le Japon a aussi sa part d'ombre.

Le 18 décembre dernier, deux condamnés à mort ont été exécutés par pendaison dans une prison de Tokyo et dans la prison de Sendai.

C'est le Japon que nous n'aimons pas et que nous récusons.

Fit Studs said...

Never have I ever learned that language but, quite cool! :)

another country said...

Language is always the key.