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I am not worthy… SUPERFICIALLY Posted by on Jun 17, 2021

One day, my Japanese friend who was my classmate at grad school told me “Your bag is very nice.”  And I said, “I got it on sale (セール se-ru).” What would you have responded to? Have you told a compliment (称賛 shosan) to your Japanese friend, and have you heard a similar response from your…

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Kamikakushi – Spirited Away Posted by on Jun 8, 2021

Kamikakushi (神隠し) is a word that has been in Japanese culture for hundreds of years. It means “hidden by kami (god, deity, divinity, tengu, yamanba, oni, fox, or spirit)”, and often translated to “spirited away.”  You may have heard of Hayato Miyazaki’s movie. Even in the present day, many people disappear in a blink of an…

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