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All The Time(四六時中)

  • Today, I’d like to introduce a Japanese phrase “四六時中(shi roku ji tyu).”

    This means something like “all the time,” but if we translate the kanji into English, it will be “in the four-six time.”

    The reason why “four-six” become “all” is that four times six equals twenty four.

    However, in the Edo Period, a day had been divided into twelve term.

    For that reason, “四六時中” was “二六時中” at one time.

    Original sentence