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At the DMV, but only on Saturdays and New Year’s Day

All the rest of the time: drag-racing 怠け者の節句働き (Namakemono no sekkubataraki; “A sloth’s holiday labor”) Definition: On a day when most people are resting, someone who is usually lazy becomes a whirlwind of activity. (The concrete image is of a … Continue reading

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The topical commentary almost writes itself

鬼の空念仏 ((O)ni no sora-nenbutsu; “An oni‘s empty prayers”) Definition: A cruel and cold-hearted person putting on a show of benevolence, compassion, or charity. A bad person behaving uncharacteristically well. Like a demon making making a big show out of praying, … Continue reading

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