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Takara no Mochigusare (宝の持ち腐れ – Better Spent Than Spared)

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    Takara no Mochigusare


    I splurged and bought a new car about a year ago.

    However, the COVID-19 pandemic began immediately after that, so I could rarely use the car.

    I think that I have used my new car only about 10 times in the past year.

    Such a situation can be described as takara no motigusare (宝の持ち腐れ).

    Since takara (宝) means “treasure,” mochi (持ち) means “have,” and gusare/kusare (腐れ) means “rot,” takara no mochigusare means “The treasure you have is rotting.”
    「宝」は “treasure”、「持ち」は “have”、「腐れ」は “rot” を意味するので、「宝の持ち腐れ」は “The treasure you have is rotting” という意味になります。

    It implies that if one does not use something useful or a talent that they have, it will be a waste.

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