How to Use Hitoshio

  • How to Use Hitoshio


    In my post yesterday, I introduced the term hitoshio (ひとしお), which means “strikingly.”

    Hitoshio is an old Japanese word that has an elegant and polite nuance.

    Basically, hitoshio is often used in sentences like ___ mo hitoshio (~もひとしお) when positive emotions such as pleasure and sensation increase further due to some special events.

    For example, when your long-standing project finally succeeds, you can say:
    Naganen no doryoku ga mukuware, yorokobi mo hitoshio desu (長年の努力が報われ、喜びもひとしおです – “My longtime effort finally paid off and I am so delighted”).

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