Before and after

I’ve noticed kanji for ‘behind’ also means ‘after’ or ‘later’, as well as ‘front’ also meaning ‘before’. I vaguely remember someone talking about how japanese people view past and future backwards facing. Is this true?

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If you’re behind someone in a line, you’re after them, and if you’re in front of them, you’re before them. This isn’t just a Japanese problem.


The bad times are behind us, we have so much to look forward to.

There are many similar uses in English.

Edit: I just realized I used these in the opposite ways, whoops

Double edit: Wait did I? I don’t even know, my brain isn’t on today

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