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For many years I thought that it was beauty alone that gave significance to life and that the only purpose that could be assigned to the generations that succeed one another on the face of this crowded earth was to produce an artist now and then.
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naganen
adverbial noun, noun (temporal)
  1. long time; many years
no
particle
  1. indicates possessive
  2. verb and adjective nominalizer (nominaliser)
  3. substituting for "ga" in subordinate phrases
  4. indicates a confident conclusion
  5. emotional emphasis (sentence end) (fem)
  6. indicates question (sentence end)
aida
adverbial noun, noun (temporal)
  1. space (between); gap; interval; distance
  2. time (between); pause; break
  3. span (temporal or spatial); stretch; period (while)
  4. relationship (between, among)
  5. members (within, among)
  6. due to; because of
kan
noun, suffix
  1. interval; period of time
  2. among; between; inter-
ken
noun
  1. 1.818 m (6 jou)
  2. counter used to number the gaps between pillars
ma
noun
  1. space; room; time; pause
watashi
pronoun, no adjective
  1. I; me
  2. private affairs; personal matter; secrecy
  3. selfishness
ha
particle
  1. topic marker particle
  2. indicates contrast with another option (stated or unstated)
  3. adds emphasis
bi
noun, noun, used as a suffix
  1. beauty
da
noun
  1. dui (one of the trigrams of the I Ching: swamp, west)
keganin
noun
  1. wounded or injured person
sei
shou
noun
  1. life; living
  2. I; me; myself
ni
particle
  1. indicates such things as location of person or thing, location of short-term action, etc.
igi
noun
  1. meaning; significance
wo
particle
  1. indicates direct object of action
  2. indicates subject of causative expression
  3. indicates an area traversed
  4. indicates time (period) over which action takes place
  5. indicates point of departure or separation of action
  6. indicates object of desire, like, hate, etc.
ataeru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to give (esp. to someone of lower status); to bestow; to grant; to confer; to present; to award
  2. to provide; to afford; to offer; to supply
  3. to assign
  4. to cause
  5. to pass (a variable to a function)
kureru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to give; to let one have; to do for one; to be given
monode
particle, conjunction
  1. conjunctive particle indicating a cause or reason
ari
noun, no adjective
  1. existence (at the present moment)
aru
godan verb (irregular), intransitive verb
  1. to be (usu. of inanimate objects); to exist; to live
  2. to have
  3. to be located
  4. to be equipped with
  5. to happen; to come about
kono
pre-noun adjectival
  1. this (something or someone close to the speaker (including the speaker), or ideas expressed by the speaker)
gomigomi
adverb, adverb taking the to particle, suru verb
  1. squalid; messy
suru
suru verb (irregular)
  1. to do
  2. to cause to become; to make (into); to turn (into)
  3. to serve as; to act as; to work as
  4. to wear (clothes, a facial expression, etc.)
  5. to judge as being; to view as being; to think of as; to treat as; to use as
  6. to decide on; to choose
  7. to be sensed (of a smell, noise, etc.)
  8. to be (in a state, condition, etc.)
  9. to be worth; to cost
  10. to pass (of time); to elapse
  11. verbalizing suffix (applies to nouns noted in this dictionary with the part of speech "vs")
  12. creates a humble verb (after a noun prefixed with "o" or "go")
  13. to be just about to; to be just starting to; to try to; to attempt to
ji
noun
  1. ground; land; earth; soil
  2. the region in question; the local area
  3. skin
  4. texture; fabric; material; weave
  5. base; background
  6. one's true nature
  7. narrative (i.e. descriptive part of a story)
  8. real life; actuality
  9. (in the game of go) captured territory
  10. Noh chorus
  11. (in Japanese dance) accompaniment music
  12. (in Japanese music) basic phrase (usu. repetitive)
  13. base part (of multiple shamisens)
chi
noun, noun, used as a suffix
  1. earth; ground; land; soil
  2. place
  3. territory
  4. bottom (of a package, book, etc.)
  5. earth (one of the five elements)
tsuchi
tsushi
noun
  1. earth; soil; dirt
  2. the earth (historically, esp. as opposed to the heavens); the ground; the land
  3. low-quality torinoko-gami (containing mud)
  4. (period of) refraining from construction in the direction of the god of the earth (in On'youdou)
uede
expression
  1. upon; after
tsugitsugi
adverb, adverb taking the to particle, noun
  1. in succession; one by one
to
particle, conjunction
  1. if; when
  2. and
  3. with
  4. particle used for quoting (with speech, thoughts, etc.)
  5. promoted pawn (shogi)
hikitsugu
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to take over; to hand over
sedai
noun, no adjective
  1. generation; the world; the age
ni
particle
  1. indicates such things as location of person or thing, location of short-term action, etc.
ka
noun, noun, used as a suffix
  1. lesson
  2. section (in an organization); division; department
  3. counter for lessons and chapters (of a book)
seru
auxiliary verb, ichidan verb
  1. auxiliary verb indicating the causative
  2. auxiliary verb indicating that one has been granted the permission to do something
  3. auxiliary verb used to make verbs more "active"
  4. auxiliary verb used as an extreme honorific for others' actions
yuiitsu
yuitsu
no adjective, adverb
  1. only; sole; unique
no
particle
  1. indicates possessive
  2. verb and adjective nominalizer (nominaliser)
  3. substituting for "ga" in subordinate phrases
  4. indicates a confident conclusion
  5. emotional emphasis (sentence end) (fem)
  6. indicates question (sentence end)
mokuteki
noun
  1. purpose; goal; aim; objective; intention
toha
particle
  1. indicates word or phrase being defined
tokidoki
adverb, noun, no adjective
  1. sometimes; at times
geijutsuka
noun
  1. artist
wo
particle
  1. indicates direct object of action
  2. indicates subject of causative expression
  3. indicates an area traversed
  4. indicates time (period) over which action takes place
  5. indicates point of departure or separation of action
  6. indicates object of desire, like, hate, etc.
umidasu
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to create; to bring forth; to produce
  2. to invent; to think up and bring into being
  3. to give birth to; to bear
koto
koto
noun, na adjective, noun, used as a prefix
  1. difference (from one another); different thing; other
  2. unusual; extraordinary
dato
expression
  1. if it's the case
omou
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to think; to consider; to believe
  2. to think (of doing); to plan (to do)
  3. to judge; to assess; to regard
  4. to imagine; to suppose; to dream
  5. to expect; to look forward to
  6. to feel; to desire; to want
  7. to recall; to remember
iru
ichidan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to be (of animate objects); to exist
  2. to stay
  3. (after the -te form of a verb) verb indicating continuing action or state (i.e. to be ..ing, to have been ..ing)

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