Neko no Hitai

[Japanese Idioms by Flashcards]


cat’s forehead

(extremely small in size)

Cats are not known to have high foreheads. The expression exaggerates the inadequacy of a space. Neko no hitai is often heard when prospective home buyers in Japan first see the size of their yard.

Sample text:
(Style: spoken/casual/A= female, B=male)

A: Atarashii niwatsuki no uchi ni utsutta n desu tte?
B: Iya ne, niwa to ieru ka doo ko, honno neko no hitai no 
yoona uraniwa ga tsuiteru teido na n da.

A: 新しい庭つきの家にったんですって?
B: いやね、と言えるかどうか、ほんの猫のひたいのような裏庭うらにわがついてる程度なんだ。

A: I hear you moved into a single family home with a yard.
B: Yeah, but I’m not sure you can call it a yard; it’s an 
extremely small backyard area.

Japanese Idioms

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