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Oku no Te (奥の手 – Last Resort)

  • Oku no Te


    If you have a last resort that you do not easily show or teach others, it is called oku no te (奥の手) in Japanese.

    Since oku (奥) means “inner,” and te (手) means “hand,” the literal meaning of oku no te is “inner hand.”
    「奥」は “inner”、「手」は “hand” を意味するので、「奥の手」の文字どおりの意味は “inner hand” となります。

    Originally, oku meant “left,” and oku no te meant “left hand.”

    In the past, Japanese people considered the left hand sacred and noble in Japan, and from this association, it came to convey the current meaning of “last resort” or “trump.”

    Oku no te is sometimes expressed as ōgi (奥義) or gokui (極意).

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