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The English word “Busy” is often remembered as 忙(いそが)しい in Japanese and it is correct when you talk about “busy people” but when we talk about “busy street,” we don’t say 忙しい通り. A more common phrase is 賑(にぎ)やかな通(とお)り.


When you look at the kanji 忙, it is made of 忄(りっしんべん) and 亡 (lose, decease). 忄is a radical for 心 (“mind” or “heart”), so the kanji 忙 is expressing the psychological state where you are too busy to lose your mind and that character is mostly used to describe people, although it is possible to say  忙(いそが)しい時間帯(じかんたい)to mean “rush (hours).” 

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