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Shikataganai is a Japanese phrase meaning, "it cannot be helped", or "nothing can be done about it".

Other translations include: It can't be helped; it's inevitable; it's no use.

This phrase is sometimes used in Japan to refer to when (Japanese) people as a whole must endure things that are beyond their control.

Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

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 shikataganai / しかたがない
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(exp,adj-i) it can't be helped; it's inevitable; it's no use; can't stand it; being impatient; being annoyed


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 shikataganai / しかたがない (exp,adj-i) it can't be helped; it's inevitable; it's no use; can't stand it; being impatient; being annoyed


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 shikataganai / しかたがない (exp,adj-i) (1) there's no (other) way; (exp,adj-i) (2) cannot be helped; unavoidable; inevitable; (there's) nothing one can do; having no choice; (exp,adj-i) (3) (oft. as 〜ても仕方がない) it's no use (doing); pointless; useless; no good; insufficient; not enough; (exp,adj-i) (4) hopeless (person); annoying; troublesome; awful; (exp,adj-i) (5) (as 〜て仕方がない or 〜で仕方がない) cannot stand it; unbearable; cannot help (doing, feeling); dying (to do)

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