Japanese Word of the Day: Moto

A woman at the entrance to the historic Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine in Kyoto, Japan

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Moto means "the origin; the cause; the foundation; the basis." The word is written in hiragana as: 元 (もと)

Example

Hi no moto wa tabako no fushimatsu datta.
火の元はタバコの不始末だった。

Translation:

The origin of the fire was careless handling of a cigarette.

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