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As hard as we try to translate the exact nuances of a word or phrase from one language to another, sometimes we can’t help but wish certain Japanese words existed in the English vocabulary. While each word has a specific nuance to it, you’ll be surprised by how relevant they are to our daily life regardless of where you live.
From Japan’s favourite greeting to a specific word reserved for when you don’t feel like answering the door (no, it’s not ‘go away!’), these words carry so much depth that you simply can’t translate them into a single and compact word in English.
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