The beautiful and profound world of “Kawaii”【Beautiful stories from far away From Japan】
2022-01-08 ｜ TOSHI
Dear readers and followers, how are you? I’m TOSHI, a Japanese woman.
Today I would like to invite you to a beautiful and profound world of “Kawaii”, or even introduce you to it. Please come with me!
I have a question! What is the word “Kwaii” used for?
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❚ I have a question! What is the word “Kwaii” cute used for?
“Kawaii” is a word similar to “cute” in English, and it is often used by young girls, but it seems that it is now becoming popular overseas.
But really, there aren’t many days when I go about my life and don’t hear the words “Sumimasen” (I’ve talked about this before), “Ganbare” and “Kawaii”. And I like hearing it very much.
Then the question is! What is the word “Kwaii” used for? Which of the following pictures will “Kawaii” be used for?
Yes, the correct answer is “everything except Porsche’s car”
or “everything is OK if a young girl says so”.
❚Babies are cute, ‘Kawaii’, but why are tigers? Porsche?
Maybe you’re thinking: “I understand that puppies and babies are ‘Kawaii’, cute, but why are tigers? MINI (Car) is kawaii, cute?, so why is Porsche not good?”
That’s right. If you can see a tiger sleeping, a high school girl might say
“No, it’s cute! Kawaii!! ”
Or even if it is walking around, they might be described as
“Like a big cat, cool and cute Kawaii ❤”
MINI is small, and this car’s face has round lights, and kind of looks like a human face. Isn’t it cute, Kawaii?
Young girls will often praise each other and their belongings as cute, ” Kawaii”. For example, at school
Young girl A “Oh, B-chan, your muffler today is cute Kawaii!“
Young girl B “A-chan, you have a cute new wallet!”
Young girl A “I got it!”
Young girl B “Recently, your skin is smooth. Are you doing anything special?”
Young girl A “There was a good pack, but isn’t B-chan’s skin is also glossy!!”
This is a very cute, Kawaii conversation, even if you look at it from the outside, as cute as puppies playing with each other.
I can’t say Porsche is “cute”, but with the power of a girl’s imagination, it might be possible.
I don’t think Japanese men praise women very much in front of them. But the appearance, gesture, and consideration of a girl can still be cute “Kawaii” even to the face of a stranger, boy talk.
“Do you like her? Is she cute Kawaii? ”
“Kawaii, kawaii (She is cute, cute.)”
However, the word of Lookism is adopted in Japan and if this word is mostly used for appearance, it may become a word that should be used with caution, or reduced little by little.
❚The etymology of Kawaii
By the way, the etymology of Kawaii, comes from the word for the existence of a vulnerable, the weak.
There’s a conflict between powerful and cute: A powerful woman can’t be considered cute, Kawaii?
A cute, Kawaii woman can’t be considered powerful?
I think Kawaii is a powerful, adorable, and a little sad word, but I still love this word.
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