As part of our new updating schedule we’re going to try to do major posts on Tuesdays and a minor post on Fridays. Fridays will be dedicated to news and interesting facts about Japan and the Japanese language. Today we’re going to look a fun Japanese idiom to describe a very small area.
neko no hitai – 猫の額
This Japanese idiom literately means a cat’s forehead and is used to describe something that is very small.
So you could say your Japanese apartment was neko no hitai or the portion size of your meal was neko no hitai.
Here’s an example sentence from the book 2001 Japanese and English Idioms:
Tokyo dewa, neko no hitai hodo no tochi demo kachi ga arimuasu.
In Tokyo, even a very small piece of land in valuable.
Have fun using this idiom and let us know if you know more about it! And thanks to Alexander Shirokij for the Japanese translation.
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