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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.



底には底がある
[そこにはそこがある, soko niwa soko ga aru] there is a reason underlying the given reason (lit.: there is a bottom under the bottom)

その罪を憎んでその人を憎まず
[そのつみをにくんでそのひとをにくまず, sono tsumi o nikunde sono hito o nikumazu] hate the sin but do not hate the person

空と土の差
[そらとつちのさ, sora to tsuchi no sa] as different as the sky and the ground

損して得取れ
[そんしてとくとれ, son shite toku tore] make the best of a bad bargain, to; you must lose a fly to catch a trout


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