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Literally: nine – die – one – live

Alternately: To somehow survive a very seriously dangerous situation. To be alive after escaping a 90% chance of dying.

Notes: This comes to us from the Chu Ci, aka the Songs of Chu (Japanese 『楚辞』 = So ji), an extensive and influential poetic anthology attributed, at least in part, to the Warring States period.

This compound may be expanded into a whole phrase as 九死に一生を得る (kyuushi ni isshou wo eru), “to receive one life out of nine deaths.” There are also a surprising number of variants, such as 死一生 (juu shi isshou), which changes the chance of death from 9 to 10. Beyond that, though, we find 死一生 (ban shi isshou), replacing 9 with 10,000, or the quirky 生 (ban shi kyuu shou), respectively replacing 9 and 1 with 10,000 and… 9.

I see he opted for female-style battle armor

I’m going to just assume that this is how the Japanese media portray Joseph R Biden

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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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