Yaki ga Mawaru (焼きが回る – Becoming Dull)

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    Yaki ga Mawaru


    To become dull or to decline ability is expressed as yaki ga Mawaru (焼きが回る) in Japanese.

    Yaki (焼き) means “burnt” and mawaru (回る) means “to go around” or “to spread,” so the literal meaning of yaki ga Mawaru is “the burnt area spreads.”
    「焼き」は “”、「回る」は “” を意味するので、「焼きが回る」の文字どおりの意味は “” です。

    When making a blade or edged tool, it is burned then cooled to improve the edge.

    However, if you overheat it, the blade will be fragile, and the edge will become dull.

    That is to say, the expression yaki ga Mawaru compares the sharpness of a blade with human ability.

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