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Bakusho, A roar of laughter

“Bakusho” as A roar of laughter.


Yakuza (ヤクザ or やくざ , Yakuza), also known as gokudō (極道, gokudō), are members of traditional organized crime groups in Japan, and also known as the “violence group”. Today, the Yakuza are one of the largest crime organizations in the world. In Japan, there are some 1,300,000 known members of Yakuza. In Japanese legal terminology, [...]


Otaku (おたく or オタク, Otaku) is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime and manga.

Otaku is derived from a Japanese term for another’s house or family (お宅, 御宅 otaku) that is also used as an honorific second-person pronoun. The modern slang form, which is distinguished from the older usage by [...]


Mottainai (もったいない, 勿体無い) is a Japanese term meaning “a sense of regret concerning waste when the intrinsic value of an object or resource is not properly utilized.” The expression “Mottainai!” can be uttered alone as an exclamation when something useful, such as food or time, is wasted. In addition to its primary sense of “wasteful,” [...]


Moe (萌え, Moe? /mo’e/, pronounced “mo-eh” literally “budding”, as with a plant) is a Japanese slang word originally referring to fetish for or love for characters in video games or anime and manga. For example, 眼鏡っ娘萌え, meganekko-moe, “glasses-girl moe”, describes a person who is attracted to fictional characters with eyeglasses. The term has come to [...]