Tsume (爪 – Nail)

  • Tsume

    I always cut my tsume before I go snowboarding.

    A tsume is a kind of plate-like tissue formed by the matrix, which is part of the nail bed, underneath the nail, creating the horny layer on the tips of the fingers and toes; it is called “nail” in English.

    It is said that this word comes from tsuma (端), which means a corner or an edge of something.

    Tsume is written as 爪 in kanji; note that this is not 瓜 (uri), which means a gourd.

    There are a lot of Japanese proverbs and idioms that use the word tsume.

    I would like to tell you them from tomorrow.

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