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Tachi Ojo

  • Today I will talk about the Japanese term “tachi ojo”.


    “Tachi” means “to stand”, “ojo” means “to die”, so “tachi ojo” refers to “to die while standing.”

    Yesterday I talked about “Benkei”.

    It is believed that Benkei was shot by a lot of arrows from surroundings in the battle of Koromogawa, and he died while standing supported by his long halberd called naginata.

    From this story, “tachi ojo” can also refer to a state that someone is incapable of moving or something is dead-end.

    By the way, I found that “Benkei’s tachi ojo” was translated into “the last stand of Benkei” in English on the Internet.

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