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On no Ji (The Character “on” (御))

  • Today I will talk about the Japanese term “on no ji”.


    The literal meaning is “the character on (御)”, and it describes that something is much appreciated or very satisfying.

    The character “御” (on) is one of the highest grade honorific words which is attached to the head of a noun.

    Therefore, when you want to attach “御” to something, it is quite impressive and terrific.

    However, this term is often used to wrongly mean something like that it’s not satisfying but enough.

    According to the public opinion survey in Japan, 51.4% use the term wrongly, and 38.5% use it correctly.

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