I wish we had English words for these...

Good morning everyone,

It's going to be cold again today but the good news is that they are no longer calling for rain and it's slowly going to warm up throughout the week-it's expected to get up to 15C on Saturday and stay like for the next 5 days!

There are a lot of words that students ask me how to say in English-like Otsukaresama and Itadakimasu-that we don't have words for. Here are some other words that I love in Japanese that we don't have in English...

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

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

“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.


しょうがない Shoganai

The literal meaning of "Shoganai" is “it cannot be helped.” However, it is not discouraging or despairing. It means to accept that something was out of your control. It encourages people to realize that it wasn’t their fault and to move on with no regret.


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.

わびさび Wabi-sabi

"Wabi-sabi" refers to a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and peacefully accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay.

Those are the kind of words I'd like to be able to use in my day-to-day life...ha ha! However, who has such a peaceful life? Nobody I know!

Have a great day!


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Maybe ...you might be more Japanese-like than me. Haha.
I seldom use those words except "Shoganai" or "Shikatanai" in my day to day life. I think we should use more Japanese-like words from next year. By the way, I like all pictures you use the above.:)
Have a good holiday!!

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Actually, to be honest Fumi, I only really use 'shoganai' too. I just like the other words. They make Japan sound like a peaceful place. I wish I had a chance to use them more often, but it's hard to find serenity in the middle of the city. Enjoy your holiday too!
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