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Yajiuma (野次馬 – Rubberneck)

  • When a fire or an accident occurs, many “yajiuma” (野次馬) will gather.


    “Yajiuma” means people show interest in a incident unrelated to themselves and make a big deal about it.

    It is said that “yajiuma” comes from “oyajiuma” (親父馬), here “oyaji” (親父) means “farther” and “uma” (馬) means “horse.”

    Because of this, “yajiuma” originally meant an old horse or an unmanageable horse.

    Also, since such a horse is useless, “yajiuma” has come to mean people who are useless — they just watch or make a big deal about an incident unrelated to themselves.

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