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Hot air rises

意気揚揚i.ki.you.you Literally: mind/heart – spirit – raise – raise Alternately: In high spirits; triumphant, elated… by extension, boastful; proud unto arrogance; full of oneself. Often used with the ironic or critical nuance that someone’s inflated self-esteem is not actually in … Continue reading

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In Kabuki terms, feelin’ blue

(Kumadori) 意気消沈 i.ki.shou.chin Literally: mind – spirit – extinguish – sink Alternately: Discouraged. Disheartened. Despondent. Not sad-sad or depressed per se, but feeling down and lacking energy, as after a setback. Notes: 意気 is one’s spirits or sense of enthusiasm; … Continue reading

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Kindred spirits, thrown together

意気投合 i.ki.tou.gou Literally: mind – spirit – throw – join Alternately: Getting along with someone really well. Hitting it off. Finding a kindred spirit. Mutual understanding. Perfect concordance. Note: For some reason it’s easy for me to start thinking that … Continue reading

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