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What does 今日という日 mean?

今日という日 (literally "the day called today") is just an emphatic version of "today", or "this very day". This expression is commonly used in formal greetings and poems. (I tried jisho.org but got nothing ...
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What grammatical function is や performing here?

や at the end of a sentence has various meanings, but it's roughly categorized into two. Kansai colloquial copula や (used in place of だ) True sentence-end/interjectory particle や Perhaps you'll see ...
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~たいだとか why is there a だ here?

だ between a verb/i-adjective and と/とか/なんて/etc adds an accusatory and/or shocked tone. In this case, this だ implies words like 死にたい and 愛を伝えたい are inappropriate because they are 軽々しい. From 明鏡国語辞典: ...
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止める vs 止める(とめる and やめる) + 息

Yes, the basic idea of these two is "to stop." When we say 「やめる」, it implies that we give it up and it will not resume soon, or even never. For example, when we are playing outside and are to stop ...
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Do song lyrics in Japanese typically rhyme?

Lyrics in most Japanese songs do not rhyme at the end of each line. Only some J-pop songs influenced by the western culture actively use rhymes. Japanese hip hop songs tend to use rhymes often. For ...
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Why do song lyrics frequently include rare kanji or kanji where kana would usually be used?

what is the effect that the artist is trying to achieve? The reason they often use complex kanji and ateji is quite simple, they might think it's cool. They seem to think they are viewed as better ...
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What kind of object is こんだら?

コンダラ is a slangy word for a man-powered "land roller" to flatten the grounds, like this one. Although the "correct" name of this tool is "(整地【せいち】)ローラー" or something, there are a few high school ...
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Is it a right interpretation of the line of this Japanese song?

を is always an object marker in modern Japanese. It never replaces personal pronouns. Where did you see such a rule? noun + を at the end of a sentence is a fairly common device found in lyrics, ...
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What is function of から in conditional statement?

Here are the original lyrics: 夜が明けたら一番早い汽車に乗るから 切符を用意してちょうだい 私のために一枚でいいからさ 今夜でこの街とはさよならね わりといい街だったけどね The から in the first line simply means "because", and the first line works as the ...
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このままだと自分だけじゃなくてこの世界壊れるだろう

I believe either が or も is missing after 世界. If you're sure you've copied this sentence correctly, perhaps it's a simple typo in the original text. このままだと自分だけじゃなくてこの世界も壊れるだろう。 If this goes on, ...
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とまらない in One Punch Man OP meaning とまれない (negative potential)

Well, it appears to me that you're confused with the transitivity of 止まる. While the English word "stop" is used both transitively (as in "I stopped the taxi.") and intransitively (as in "Then the taxi ...
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What is the ki used for in this sentence? 懐かし き 故郷

In late middle Japanese, the actual class of い-adjectives was in fact subdivided into 2 classes, namely ク-adjectives and シク-adjectives. There is remnant of those adjectives even now, though there are ...
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What is いやほい from the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu song 原宿いやほい HARAJUKU IYAHOI?

Most native speakers haven't heard いやほい before this song. When an announcer asked the lyricist about this word on Nov/11/2015, he said something along the lines of "The meaning is not known and each ...
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What does 歩けというの mean in this song?

というの asks rhetorical questions (it's literally just と, 言う, and の). If your mom told you to keep studying for a long time you might say something like 死ぬまで勉強しろというのか "you want me to study until I die, ...
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いいの? What does it mean?

I might say but even if I wound up knowing everything, what should I do then? My reasons for this different suggestion are two-fold. しまう is a "helping verb" that means "wind up" or "end up" ...
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What does 楽しめよ really mean?

Seems to be the imperative-form verb 楽{たの}しめ together with the particle よ. 楽しめ 楽{たの}しむ is the original verb, which means "to enjoy oneself". 楽{たの}しめ, the imperative form, is formed by ...
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Nuance of "わね”: whose interest does「興味深いわね」refer to?

This 興味深いわね is just "That's interesting" or more specifically, "This '意識思考そのものが自律して...' is an interesting assumption." わね is a feminine sentence-end particle which does not necessarily have to be ...
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What is the purpose of 手 here?

It more of less depends on the context, but 手が届く is a common set phrase that means "to be able to reach", "to afford", "to become possible (to achieve something)", etc. Since it's a set phrase, a ...
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What is いやほい from the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu song 原宿いやほい HARAJUKU IYAHOI?

Isn't it just a 'call'? Like "yahooo!" or "hey hey!" ... at least, that's the sense with which I take sounds like that one. Basically that would mean they're saying "hi" to Harajuku in an uber-genki ...
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What does 今日という日 mean?

Remember that ...という (...と言う) means "That which is called...", because it's a useful phrase. Examples: 愛という光 (the Light called Love), 笑顔という幸せ (the happiness which is called a smile). The original ...
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Do you need a question mark to indicate a question in Japanese?

Nope, it's optional. The final particle か indicates that the sentence is a question, so that can be seen as the question mark of Japanese. In fact, adding a question mark when there's already a か can ...
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跳び箱 as a synonym for a obstacle?

I do not know this song, but from reading the lyrics, I agree that the 跳び箱 (the vault used in gymnastics) is used metaphorically to refer to an obstacle. As far as I know, 跳び箱 is not commonly used ...
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