Wednesday, May 1, 2019

negao 寝顔

In Japanese, negao 寝顔 means "sleeping face," or "sleeping expression." That is, the face someone makes while they're sleeping.

An example of negao.
Anime: Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge 田中くんはいつもけだるげ (Episode 1)

Literally, it's neru 寝る, "to sleep," and kao 顔, "face," which becomes gao because of rendaku.

Some people find negao to be particularly cute. So, naturally, it's sometimes used as fanservice.

K-On!! girls sleeping.
Anime: K-On!!, keion!! けいおん!! (Season 2, Episode 20)

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