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Hashoru (端折る – Shortening)

  • Hashoru


    To shorten and organize something is called “hashoru” (はしょる) in Japanese.

    “Hashoru” comes from “hashioru,” which is written in kanji as “端折る.”

    Here the “hashi” (端) means “edge,” and the “oru” (折る) means “to fold.”
    ここで「端」は “edge” を、「折る」は “to fold” を意味します。

    Therefore, this term originally meant an action of folding a hem of kimono (traditional Japanese clothes) and putting it into obi (kimono’s belt-like accessory).

    The meaning has been extended, and these days it is often used to mean to shorten an explanation or a story.

    Note that “hashoru” is sometimes regarded as oral language or an slang term.

    If you want to say it more formally, use the verb “shōryaku-suru” (省略する).

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