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A two-dimensional definition of beauty

In 3D it’d be 26方美人? 八方美人 ha-.ppou.bi.jin Literally: eight – direction – beauty – person Alternately: Trying to be all things to all people. Originally this compound was read literally as a beautiful person who was without flaw no matter … Continue reading

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Cat, hat; in French chat, chapeau

猫を被る (Neko wo kaburu; “To play the cat”) Definition: To hide one’s true (wild or willful) nature and pretend to be quiet and obedient. Alternately, to pretend not to know about a situation that one is actually involved in or … Continue reading

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