土下座 Prostrating Oneself

土下座
kneeling down to the ground, prostrating oneself



The word:

Closer look at the kanji:

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土下座
do ge za

kneeling down to the ground, prostrating oneself

do earth, ground

ge down, below, under

za seat, sit down



粘土 nen do – clay (a dirty word) [I]

お土産 omiyage – a souvenir, a present [B]
靴下 kutsu shita – socks (shoe + under) [B]
shita – below, under [B]
王座 ou za – throne [I]
正座 sei za – sitting correctly Japanese style [sit upright with legs under] [I]

Godzillas humble act resulted in the lizards return to respectable society.


SUGGESTED USAGE:

ゴジラは心から反省したので、東京都民に土下座した。
gojira wa kokoro kara hansei shita node, toukyou tomin ni dogeza shita.

Godzilla, having had heartfelt introspections, humbly knelt before the citizens of Tokyo.

ABOUT SUGGESTED USAGE:

ゴジラ gojira – Godzilla The Japanese gojira comes from gorira (gorilla) and kujira (whale)

心から kokoro kara – from the heart
反省 han sei – reflect on, think over
した shita – past of suru

ので node – because (of what was said before node)
東京 tou kyou – Tokyo Most English speakers pronounce this in 3 syllables, but it really is only 2 TOU KYOU
都民 to min – citizens of Tokyo

ni – particle showing who Godzilla is dogezaing to


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