EssayJapanese traditionUncorrected

Misoji (三十路 – Thirty Years Old)

  • Misoji


    I was ‘misoji‘ (三十路) last year.

    ‘Misoji’ means “thirty years old.”

    When describing one’s age in Japanese, we usually add the word ‘sai‘ (歳 – literally means “age”) to the word meaning a number, but there are special expressions for some ages, such as twenty years old and thirty years old.

    Twenty years old is called ‘hatachi‘ (二十歳), thirty years old is called ‘misoji‘ (三十路), forty years old called ‘yosoji‘ (四十路), and fifty years old is called ‘gosoji‘ (五十路).

    Some people say ‘misoji’ to mean “thirties,” but this usage is wrong.

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