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Not a vital value: 味

(I kid, I kid.) 和敬清寂 wa.kei.sei.jaku Literally: harmony – respect – purity – silence / loneliness Alternately: A term from tea ceremony (茶道, sadou). The host and guests (are supposed to) create a pure (清) and tranquil (寂) atmosphere within … Continue reading

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Melting pot, ethnic stew

Either way, we’re all in this vessel together 渾然一体 kon.zen.i-.ttai Literally: all – “sort of thing” – one – body Alternately: Disparate things mixing together to form a harmonious or unified whole. A workable sum of parts. The ideal of … Continue reading

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What we could all use a little more of

和気藹藹 wa.ki.ai.ai Literally: harmony – spirit / mood – harmonize / flourishing – harmonize / flourishing Alternately: Full of serenity and stillness. Overflowing with tranquility. Congenial. People getting along well together. Notes: 和気 is a feeling of harmony; 藹藹 is … Continue reading

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Breathing Om, like Dogs

阿吽の呼吸 (Aun no kokyuu; “Breathing Ah–Un.”) Definition: Two parties, in a mutual activity, achieving a state of perfect mental, physical, and spiritual harmony. It’s common knowledge that there is a state one can enter when wholly concentrating on some activity, … Continue reading

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