Jiji Kokkoku (時々刻々 – Every Moment)

  • Jiji Kokkoku


    Things vary by jiji kokkoku (時々刻々).

    Ji (時) means “time” or “hour,” koku (刻) means “moment,” the kanji 々 represents a repetition, and the combination jiji kokkoku/jiji kokukoku means that events or changes of things occur gradually and continuously.
    「時」は “time”、「刻」は時間の単位、そして漢字の「々」は繰り返しを意味し、「時々刻々」は「出来事や物事の変化が続けざまに起こること」を意味します。

    Since jikoku (時刻) means just “time (of day),” the passage of time is expressed by repeating this.
    単に「時刻」で “time (of day)” を意味するので、これを繰り返すことで時間の経過を表しているというわけです。

    Incidentally, you can write jiji kokkoku as 時時刻刻 without using the kanji character 々.

    In English, it can be translated as “from hour to hour” or “every moment.”
    英語では、”from hour to hour” や “every moment” のように言い換えられます。

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