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Through living in Europe more than 10 years and practising Japanese martial arts more than one third of my life, my curiosity to Japanese words has grown.  

I am learning myself fascinating meaning and hidden messages in Japanese expressions!! 

September 23, 2018


is often known as remaining mind. 残ZAN means remaining and 心SHIN means heart/mind.

In some martial arts, this refers to a certain body/mind state of after-technique. In Kendo, after execution of successful tecnique, the body form remains. Not like football; afte...

January 23, 2018

ON is an obligation; a debt of gratitude, or kindness.  Often in Japan we hear someone says "I owe somebody a debt of gratitude".  Some of folk tale are all about ONGAESHI, giving back a debt of gratitude.  One story is a crane support an old man who once saved its lif...

October 6, 2017

Tutushimu is to be careful, to be discrete, to be moderate, and also to behave.

It is not casual expression used between friends, but rather parents tells off to their children by saying "tsutsu shimi nasai" meaning "Behave!".

Or, me being moderate in a official letter t...

August 13, 2017

Ki wo tsukeru means to pay attention.

Ki is energy

Wo is particle which connects between noun (Ki) and verb (tsukeru).

Tsukeru is to attach.

Ki wo tsukeru or bringing an attention means that you attach your energy to (something). 

Make sense?

August 11, 2017

If you practice Japanese Martial Arts, especially Aikido, you probably already know DOMO ARIGATOH GOZAIMASHITA which means Thanked you very much (past tense!).  Domo means "very much" in this sentence.  Arigatoh means thankful.  Gozaimashita refers to being in the past...

October 7, 2015

The word "TAIHEN" is used often when you are stressed because of uncontrollable situation, such as too many thing to do or not enough money.  Or even when you face to big challenge, you can express your fear by using this word.  


Actually I am facing big challenge...

August 24, 2015

食べる TABERU means to eat.


Top part 人 means a man

Bottom part 良 means good.


Therefore eating is to make a man good.  

This can somehow relate to famous saying "You are what you eat".  


Once, I was asked if I like eating, and that time this question surprised me b...

August 19, 2015

違和感 IWAKAN is opposite feeling of harmony.

違 I  means difference, not matching, not the same

和 WA means harmony, peace

感 KAN means feeling


When you feel something is not in peace or in harmony in a situation or in relation with somebody, important question rises inside yo...

August 16, 2015

欲YOKU means desire, greed, appetite, or wants.


On the left side of this kanji 谷 refers to energy flow in a shape of 八 into an empty hole 口

On the right side of this kanji 欠 refers to a man stands with opening his/her mouth.  Meaning wanting to eat.


Therefore 欲 YOKU...

August 13, 2015

In relate to 呼吸(こきゅう)KOKYU, one more popular expression came up in my mind.


阿吽の呼吸(あうんのこきゅう) A U N NO KOKYU means perfect synchronicity.  When two ore more persons do something together, different timing can occur even subtle ones.  In A U N NO KOKYU manner, however, ev...

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