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Thoughtful social distancing

遠慮会釈en.ryo.e.shaku Literally: far – thought – meet – explain Alternately: Holding back and thinking of others; reserve and consideration. Notes: This is a compound of compounds; 遠慮 is “discretion,” “restraint,” and 会釈 is “thoughtfulness (for the sake of others.” These … Continue reading

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More genuine than genuflection?

For more pointers, watch this video. These guys are absolutely amazing when it comes to explaining Japanese culture. 平身低頭 hei.shin.tei.tou Literally: flat – body – low – head Alternately: Extreme apology or gratitude. From the literal image of kowtowing; kneeling … Continue reading

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