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Expressions of Sadness

  • Today, a really sad thing happened to me.


    Hence I will talk about two Japanese expressions of sadness.

    “Ten o aogu” ・・・ The literal meaning is “to look up to the sky.”

    This phrase expresses a person who trying to call for something on the God due to despair or grief.

    “Unadareru” ・・・ The literal meaning is “to bow one’s nape of the neck.”

    This phrase expresses a person dropping his/her head due to despair, sadness, or embarrassment.

    Both of these expressions mean a kind of sadness, but the direction of the face is opposite to each other.

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