The Durham yojijukugo


Literally: heart – soul – mourning – loss

Alternately: Of unsound mind. Suffering from hindrances so severe that, even if one commits a crime, the appropriate response is judged to be institutionalization or treatment rather than regular prosecution and punishment.

Notes: Another legal term, this is a more severe version of 心神耗弱.


The Japanese translation of Jilliane Hoffman’s Plea of Insanity. The story is split in half, and sold separately as up (上, “start”) and down (下, “end”) volumes.

About Confanity

I love the written word more than anything else I've had the chance to work with. I'm back in the States from Japan for grad school, but still studying Japanese with the hope of becoming a translator -- or writer, or even teacher -- as long as it's something language-related.
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