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Fukushin (腹心 – Confidant)

  • Do you have a friend or a follower to whom you can talk about your any problem or thought?


    Trusting someone deeply like this, or just such a man, is called “fukushin” (腹心) in Japan.

    Originally, “fukushin” means literally “stomach and heart” (the “fuku” means “stomach” and the “shin” means “heart”), and it also means “deep inside of one’s mind.”

    Furthermore, it has come to mean that you can trust enough to talk about your heart of hearts, and such trustworthy person.

    There are many idioms/terms related to “hara/fuku” (腹 – stomach) in Japan, but most of them are related to “heart/mind.”

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