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hopeless, fleeting, transient, fickle
Unrequited (hopeless) love
#1103 Author: bamboo4
The transient beauty of flowers
#6398 Author: EvilKyra
It was only an empty dream.
#6513 Author: ラブレス
#6514 Author: ラブレス
fleeting [ephemeral] happiness
#6515 Author: ラブレス
transient [short-lived] joy
#6516 Author: ラブレス
this transitory [evanescent] life
#6517 Author: ラブレス
The common people hope against hope that they might win in a lottery.
#6518 Author: ラブレス
#1104 Author: bamboo4
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Surely this is just vocabulary not grammar?
儚いお花の美しさ The transient beauty of flowers shouldn't this be お花の儚い美しさ？
はかない恋 a passing love (short-lived love) はかない人生 A life in vain 宝くじに庶民ははかない望みをかける People hope in vain they'll win the lottery.
片思い Is unrequited love isnt it?
Another definition for hakanai「儚い」is 'fleeting; transient; short-lived;'... added an example with that usage.
my japanese isnt very good but isnt there another meaning to hakanai... like shooting star or soemthing?
Grr, sorry, hit enter too early. If 儚い is the はかない that this article is speaking of, then how would you write はか？
bamboo4: Are you sure about はか meaning "the results gained from your efforts"? I searched wwwjdic for it, and couldn't find anything. Plus, if 儚い
Sorry if you can't read that. It should say "kataomoi".
Wait, isn't "unrequited love" 迚??昴＞?
はかmeans the results gained from your efforts. はかない therefore means that no results were gained despite your efforts.
isn't it strange how 儚い looks very similar to 夢 hehe (Allusion to ラブひな)
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