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Komekami (Temple)

  • Komekami


    Today, I will talk about the Japanese word “komekami.”

    “Kome” means “rice”, “kami” means “to bite”, and “komekami” means “temples on a head.”
    「こめ」は “rice”, 「かみ」は “bite” を意味し、「こめかみ」は “temple” を意味します。

    The etymology of which is that your temples move when you bite rice.

    Of course, it doesn’t need to be rice, but our traditional staple food is rice, so the word “kome” has been used.

    (Please make sure that your temples move when you bite something.)

    By the way, since the bone thickness of around “komekami” is thin, it’s vulnerable to impact, and is referred to as a vital part in various fighting sports, same as the chin.

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