Hakaba made Motteiku (墓場まで持っていく – Taking Something to One’s Grave)

  • Hakaba made Motteiku


    Do you have a serious secret that you cannot talk to anyone?

    Such a deep secret is sometimes described as hakaba/haka made motteiku (墓場/墓まで持っていく).

    Since hakaba/haka (墓場/墓 means “grave” and motteiku (持っていく) means “to take something to somewhere,” the literal meaning of hakaba made motteiku is “to take something (secret) to one’s grave.”
    「墓場」は “grave”、「持っていく」は “to take something to somewhere” を意味するので、「墓場まで持っていく」の文字どおりの意味は “to take something (secret) to one’s grave” です。

    In other words, this expression implies that someone never tells his/her secret in their life, and goes into the grave with the secret.

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