Discover The Easy Life in Japanese

Learn Japanese rapidly! Your Japanese sounds great, but Ill bet there’s still a lot you’d like to learn. It’s here in this great article! Here’s just one example of what you’ll be able to say: “He’s been living a leisurely life after excelling in both sports and academics for so long.” Sounds interesting, right?

This Yojijukugo article is chock full of incredibly useful words and phrases. Learn to talk about living a leisurely life using yuuyuujiteki no seikatsu. And, master how to talk about people who excel in both academics and sports with wa bunbu ryoodoo da. After reading this article, you’ll be comfortable talking about everything from people enjoying retirement to talented student athletes!

Vocabulary: In this article, you’ll learn the following words and phrases:

yuuyuujiteki “to take life easy”

bunbu ryoodoo “both in academics and sports”

Today’s Yojijukugo (1)

Roomaji / “Meaning”

yuuyuujiteki / “to take life easy,” “to lead a leisurely life”

Roomaji: First Kanji / Second Kanji / Third Kanji / Fourth Kanji

Yuu / Yuu / Ji / Teki

The first Kanji means, “leisure.” The second Kanji is a repetition of the first Kanji and also means, “leisure.” The third Kanji means, “oneself,” and the fourth Kanji means, “suitable.”

History, Definition, Similar Expressions, etc.

Yuuyuu means “to be in a leisurely fashion” or “to be in comfort.” Jiteki means “to live with one’s hearts.” Yuuyuujiteki means “to lead a leisurely life without being bothered with matters in the real world and as one wishes,” and it often indicates a life after retirement.


We use this in the set phrase yuuyuujiteki no seikatsu, which means “leisurely life.” We can also use it as the adverbial word yuuyuuujiteki ni, as in yuuyuujiteki ni kurasu or sugosu, both of which mean “to lead a leisurely life.”

Sample Sentences

  1. Kare wa, suki na toki ni tabete, nete, yuuyuujiteki no seikatsu o siteiru. “He sleeps and eats whenever he wants, and is taking life easy.”
  2. Watashi no chichi wa, teinen taishoku go, yuuyuujiteki ni kurashite iru. “My father has been living a leisurely life since he retired.”
  3. Kare wa, fudoosan o takusan motte iru node, yuuyuujiteki no seikatsu ga okureru. “He can lead a leisurely life because he owns a lot of real estate.”

Today’s Yojijukugo (2)Roomaji / “Meaning”

bunbu ryoodoo / “both in academics and in sports” 


First Kanji / Second Kanji / Third Kanji / Fourth Kanji

Bun / Bu / Ryoo / Doo

The first Kanji means, “literature,” followed by the second Kanji, which means, “warrior.” The third and fourth Kanji mean, “both” and “course,” respectively.

History, Definition, Similar Expressions, etc.

Bunbu means “literary and military arts.” Ryoodoo means “both arts.” Bunburyoodoo means “to be excellent both in academics and in sports” because “military arts” is interpreted as “sports” nowadays.


When you express that [someone] is excellent in both academics and in sports, you can say, [someone] wa bunbu ryoodoo da. Or, you can also say [someone] wa bunbu ryoodoo ni hiidete iru, using hiideru, which is a verb meaning “to excel in __ .”

We can use it to indicate a motto or policy as in watashi no motto wa bunbu ryoodoo da, which means, “my motto is to excel both in academics and in sports.”

Sample Sentences

  1. Kare wa, benkyoo mo supootsu mo dekite, bunbu ryoodoo da. “He is excellent both in academics and sports.”
  2. Boku wa, bunbu ryoodoo o mezashimasu. “I’m trying to be excellent in both academics and sports.”
  3. Kare wa, sakkaa bu no eesu de, benkyoo mo kurasu de 1-ban da. Masa ni bunbu ryoodoo da. “He is an ace player in our soccer club and also the smartest in our class. He is excellent in both academics and sports.”

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