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Meiwaku. It’s such an annoying word, but it carries a lot of weight in Japanese culture and everyday relationships. Meiwaku can be used to refer to anything that bothers someone else. Don’t practice the piano late at night because it might bother the neighbors. Don’t park your car on the street because it causes meiwaku to those trying to drive by

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I was Joe Cool. With a newly minted provisional driver’s license in my pocket, I drove my dad’s 1974 Chevy El Camino around town—the envy, I assumed, of all my friends. One fateful summer evening, Joe Cool cruised up the driveway through the open garage door, and mistakenly hit the accelerator instead of the brake

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