Ken wo Kisou (妍を競う – Vying in Beauty)

  • Ken wo Kisou


    When women compete on their beauty, you can describe the situation using the phrase ken wo kisou (妍を競う).

    Ken (妍) means a beautiful appearance or grace of a woman and kisou (競う) means to compete or to vie.
    「妍」は女性の容貌が美しく整っているさまを表す言葉で、「競う」は “to compete” や “to vie” を意味します。

    Interestingly, the kanji 妍 is used almost only in the phrase ken wo kisou.
    (At least, I haven’t seen other usage of this kanji.)

    Since there are many kanjis that can be read as ken (けん), I think that it is difficult to convey the meaning of ken (妍) in daily conversation.

    Also, this phrase might be a little old, and recent young people might not understand it.

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