We meet again, Mr. Bond

怨憎会苦
on.zou.e.ku

Literally: resentment – hate – meet – suffering

Alternately: The pain of coming face-to-face with someone you detest, or at least dislike. This is another one of the “eight sufferings” of 四苦八苦.

Notes: While I’d have thought that all of the 八苦, or at least the latter four, would have their origins in the same text, that doesn’t seem to be the case: in contrast with last week’s yojijukugo, this phrase is attributed to the Lotus Sutra (Japanese 『法華経』 = Hokekyou).

OnZouEKuWhoosh

Please try to refrain from this kind of greeting, though! Source: a violent demon-fighting manga from 2015 titled 『衛府の七忍』 (Efu no shichinin)

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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