A little while back I was learning a bunch of vocab, when I came across the word 時代「じだい」meaning “period”, “era”, or “age”, which sounded awfully familiar to me. Suddenly, it struck me. The period of Japanese history from the 15th to the 17th century is known as The Warring States Period, or in Japanese, 戦国時代「せんごくじだい」. After having also learning the word for “war”, 戦争「せんそう」I pieced it together:
戦 [セン」- war, 国「ゴク」- country / state, 時代「じだい」- period
It was so simple! This one simple thing blew my mind. I never knew that the Sengoku Jidai so literally meant “warring-states period”. I spent a good 2 minutes staring at my phone in amazement.
But stuff like this happens all the time when learning Japanese, albeit usually not as mind blowing. Does anyone else have some stories of times when their mind was blown learning something? Or even times when you realized you were able to do something you previously only dreamed of being able to do?
If you want to learn more about the Sengoku Jidai (my favorite period of history):