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.
[むかしむかし, mukashi mukashi] Once upon a time; a long time ago. 1. 昔々、あるところにおじいさんとおばあさんが住んでいました。(Once upon a time, an old man and woman lived in a certain place).
[むしずがはしる, mushizu ga hashiru] be disgusted with; loathe; give one the creeps.
[むしのいき, mushi no iki] faint breathing.
[むにむさんに, muni musan ni] recklessly, desperately.
[むねがいっぱい, mune ga ippai] overwhelmed with emotion; my heart is too full of words; I have no words for.
[むねがおどる, mune ga odoru] one’s heart leaps with.
[むねがひろい, mune ga hiroi] be open-hearted; be magnaminous.
[むねにいちもつある, mune ni ichimotsu aru] have an ax to grind.
[むねにくぎ, mune ni kugi] a twinge of conscience.
[むねをうちあける, mune o uchiakeru] open one’s mind.