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  • Today I would like to talk about the Japanese word “kichomen.”


    “Kichomen” means that someone is well-organized in every detail, or such character.

    “Kicho” of “kichomen” is a kind of furniture that was used as a partition or a windscreen in a room — it was composed of two pillars, a crossbar, and a cloth.

    In upper-class homes, the corners of the pillars were rounded and grooved.

    Such created new surfaces were called “kichomen” (here “men” in Japanese means “surface”),

    and it came to mean a person who can work/look after politely and delicately like a craftsman who made “kichomen” did.

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