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This kotowaza brought to you by Ed Sheeran

(Thusly.) 対岸の火事 (Taigan no kaji; “Fire on the far shore”) Definition: Somebody Else’s Problem. Something that doesn’t impact you in any way; “No skin off my nose.” Like a fire seen from the opposite shore of a body of water, … Continue reading

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Call it the “Holmes Hook.”

鎌を掛ける (Kama wo kakeru; “to catch on a sickle”) Definition: Talking casually to someone in a way that leads them to give you information you wanted, such as their true feelings about a matter, without needing to ask them for … Continue reading

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