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VOX POPULI: ‘Oya-gacha’ is far more than just a new buzzword

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30.11.2021

Children don't get to choose their parents. Life is like a lottery, in that winning or losing depends entirely on who your parents are. In fact, the game is over the moment you are born.

This is the understanding implied in the Japanese slang term "oya-gacha," which has come into such extensive circulation recently that it is now one of the top contenders for this year's "new words/ buzzwords grand prize."

"Oya" means parent, while "gacha" is short for "gachagacha," the nickname of Japan's ubiquitous capsule toy vending machines.

"As a fad word, oya-gacha superbly captures the sense of near-resignation with life felt by young people today," noted Takayoshi Doi, 61, a professor........

© The Asahi Shimbun


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