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Japanese Proverbs





The Japanese language is filled with proverbs of all sorts, many from classical references from ancient Chinese to modern versions of English proverbs, all used in every aspect of the language. Whether you are traveling to Japan for fun or on business, or are living there, you'll find proverbs indispensible to understanding and using the daily language. Browse below to find the ones you want or simply explore the many possible ways to express yourself in Japanese.



歴史は繰り返す
[れきしはくりかえす, rekishi wa kurikaesu] history repeats itself (a direct translation from the English expression)

れんぎで腹切る
[れんぎではらきる, rengi de hara kiru] do something in an ineffective way, to (lit.: commit harakiri [suicide by slicing open one's belly] with a pestle)


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