5 Wonderful Japanese Words With No English Equivalent

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By Alex Mamo (courtesy of Mamo-Quest and Wanderlust-Japan)

Illustrator Alex Mamo picked five of her favourite Japanese words that don’t exist in English. Which do you like best?

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Also by Alex Mamo: The Anatomy of Ramen: An Illustrated Guide to the 4 Main Types

4 thoughts on “5 Wonderful Japanese Words With No English Equivalent

  1. Here’s one I heard of a while back:
    nekonotemokaritai (猫の手も借りたい)
    extremely busy; literally so busy one would even welcome the help of a cat

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