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  • Today I will talk about the Japanese term “chiya-hoya.”


    “Chiya-hoya” means that someone is payed attention or is treated indulgently.

    This term is derived from the idiom “choyo hanayo,” the literal meaning of which is “as with a butterfly or a flower,” and it means that someone is pampered and spoiled.

    The reason why “choyo hanayo” expresses the meaning is because both butterflies and flowers are beautiful and are nurtured carefully.

    Originally, it was “hanaya choya,” and it changed to “choya hanaya,” finally “choyo hanayo.”

    As you can image, “choya hanaya” in the process of the change became “chiya hoya” for short.

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