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What does "Kanpai" mean?

First of all, in Japan there is the tradition of saying a very special word when toasting. And that word is 乾杯 (かんぱい, kanpai). But what does it mean? Here is the explanation:

Of course if we translate it to the practical meaning, it would mean "toast" or "cheers", but if we look at the kanji it has a more interesting meaning. 乾, the first kanji is used for example in the word 乾く (かわく, kawaku), which means "to dry up". 杯, the second kanji, is mostly used as a "wine cup" or an "alcoholic drink cup".

So, if we join both meanings and add a little feeling, it would mean "let's dry up our glasses!"


http://therisingsky.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/what-does-kanpai-mean.html

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