When I looked it up in my dictionary, all I got was 'tension,' when I have first hand knowledge that this definition RARELY is used with this word, in Japanese. Commonly, I see it in テンションが上がる, to express someone is pumped for something, but are there other uses for this word, in the language, that I may not be aware of?


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Mostly it's used to describe a mood or atmosphere of excitement or being pumped up as you said.

In a work context it could also describe a atmosphere of intensity and collective focus, such as when a team nears a deadline.

The latter usage sometimes approaches the English meaning of stress and pressure.

  • Hmm. Could you give me a couple examples of its use in the first context, outside of テンションが上がる? May 25, 2023 at 1:21
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    I've heard the opposite, テンションが下がった (i.e. the tension went down) This usually has a negative connotation, like excitement being deflated for some reason. For example the family was super-excited about a picnic, but then heard it's going to rain that day.
    – anroy
    Jun 1, 2023 at 6:10

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