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Japanese Idioms





The Japanese language is filled with idioms of all sorts, from classical references from ancient Chinese to modern colloquialisms used by college students and young salaryman. Whether you are traveling to Japan for fun or on business, or are living there, you'll find idioms indispensible to understanding and using the daily language. Browse below to find the ones you want or simply explore the many possible ways to express yourself in Japanese.



風評
[ふうひょう, fuuhyou] rumor, gossip; bad reputation

深読みする
[ふかよみする, fukayomi suru] read into things

袋の中の鼠
[ふくろのなかのねずみ, fukuro no naka no nezumi] a cornered person

不幸中の幸い
[ふこうちゅうのさいわい, fukouchuu no saiwai] blessing in disguise

不承不承に
[ふしょうぶしょうに, fusho bushou ni] reluctantly, obstinately

筆が立つ
[ふでがたつ, fude ga tatsu] write well; be a good writer

プラスアルファ
[ぷらすあるふぁ, purasu arufa] “plus alpha”: a little more than usual

ふらふらと
[ふらふらと, fura fura to] with a light side-to-side motion

振り出しに戻る
[ふりだしにもどる, furidashi ni modoru] be back to the beginning; be back to square one

ふりをする
[ふりをする, furi o suru] pretend; fake


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