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Kaishin (会心 – Satisfaction)

  • Kaishin


    The Japanese term kaishin (会心) is used to describe the feeling of satisfaction when things turn out the way as one wants.

    Kai (会) means “to satisfy,” and shin (心) means “heart.” Therefore, the literal meaning of kaishin is “to satisfy one’s heart,” which leads to the above meaning.
    「会」は “to satisfy”、「心」は “heart” を意味するので、「会心」の文字どおりの意味は “to satisfy one’s heart” となり、上述の意味に派生したというわけです。

    Kaishin is often used to modify a noun.

    Here are some examples:

    Kaishin no emi (会心の笑み) – A satisfied smile that naturally appears when things turn out as one wants.

    Kaishin no saku (会心の作) – A satisfactory work when it has been done as desired.

    Kaishin no Ichigeki (会心の一撃) – An effective blow that went exactly as desired. This expression is mainly used in the video game “Dragon Quest” series to mean “critical hit.”

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