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Kokon Tōzai (古今東西 – All Ages and Countries)

  • Kokon Tōzai


    When describing all times and places, you can use the four-character idiom kokon tōzai (古今東西).

    Since ko (古) means “old” or “past,” and kon (今) means “now” or “present,” kokon (古今) means “from the past to the present.”
    「古」は “old/past”、「今」は “now/present” を意味し、「古今」で「昔から現在まで」という意味になります。

    In addition, (東) means “east,” and zai (西) means “west.” Therefore, tōzai (東西) represents “various places from east to west.”
    また、「東」は “east”、「西」は “west” を意味し、「東西」で「東から西までさまざまな場所」の意味になります。

    In other words, kokon tōzai can describe “all places from the past to the present.”

    This idiom is often used as an adverb.

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