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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.



関の山
[せきのやま, seki no yama] as hard as possible; as much as one can

世間にだす
[せけんにだす, seken ni dasu] send someone out into society; send someone out into the world

雪月花
[せつげつか, setsugetsuka] expression of the traditional themes of natural beauty in Japanese esthetics

千載一遇
[せんざいいちぐう, senzai ichiguu] golden opportunity, chance of a lifetime

戦々恐々
[せんせんきょうきょう, sensen kyoukyou] in great fear; trembling with fear


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