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Hana mo Hajirau (Even Flowers Get Shy)

  • Today, I’d like to talk about the Japanese adjective “hana mo hajirau.”


    This is used to describe that a young woman is greenly and beautiful.

    The literal meaning is “even flowers get shy,” that is to say, it implies that the woman is so beautiful it makes even beautiful flowers feel inferior and get shy.

    For example, this adjective is used as: “hana mo hajirau otome,” or “hana mo hajirau otoshigoro.”

    “Otome” means a maiden, and “otoshigoro” means puberty, but I think that both of above example sentences can be translated into “a girl in the first flush of youth” in English.

    As of this adjective, the Japanese language often uses flowers when describing the beauty of women.

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