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Shirazu Shirazu (知らず知らず – Unconsciously)

  • Shirazu Shirazu


    The Japanese phrase shirazu shirazu (知らず知らず) is used to describe a situation where you are unaware that you are doing something or being in a certain state.

    Since shiru/shira (知る/知ら) means “to know,” and zu (ず) is a negative suffix, the literal meaning of shirazu shirazu is “not knowing not knowing.”
    「知る/知ら」は “to know”、「ず」は否定の接尾辞であるので、「知らず知らず」の文字どおりの意味は “not knowing not knowing” となります。

    In other words, this phrase implies that you are doing something without knowing or realizing it.

    In many cases, it is used as shirazu shirazu no uchi ni (知らず知らずのうちに), together with no uchi ni (のうちに – meaning “while” or “during”).
    多くの場合、”while/during” を意味する「うちに」を伴い、「知らず知らずのうちに」の形で使われます。

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