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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.

Example of negao 寝顔.
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.

Examples

Some people find negao to be particularly cute (moe 萌え). Here are some examples of negao:

Example of negao 寝顔.
Anime: K-On!!, Keion!! けいおん!! (Season 2) (Episode 20)

Kagamihara Nadeshiko 各務原なでしこ, example of "sleeping face," negao 寝顔.
Character: Kagamihara Nadeshiko 各務原なでしこ
Anime: Yuru Camp△, ゆるキャン△ (Episode 1)

Smithee A Haasaca スミシー・A・ハーサカ, example of negao 寝顔.
Character: Smithee A. Haasaca スミシー・A・ハーサカ
Anime: Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai? ~Tensai-Tachi no Ren'ai Zunousen~ かぐや様は告らせたい?~天才たちの恋愛頭脳戦~ (Season 2) (Episode 4)

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