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Theres the fact of her being a hundred and four years old. I keep saying thats her age, but actually Im just guessing. We dont really know for sure how old she is, and she claims she doesnt remember, either. When you ask her, she says, "Zuibun nagaku ikasarete itadaite orimasu ne." ... (footnote) Zuibun nagaku ikasarete itadaite orimasu ne "I have been alive for a very long time, havent I?" Totally impossible to translate, but the nuance is something like: "I have been caused to live by the deep conditions of the universe to which I am humbly and deeply grateful. P. Arai calls it the "gratitude tense," and says the beauty of this grammatical construction is that "there is no finger pointed to a source." She also says, "It is impossible to feel angry when using this tense.
— Ruth Ozeki —

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