Show Notes for bonus episode 6 of our Podcast – Proverbs.
There are many proverbs throughout Japan and so we wanted to introduce you to a few of them.
Translation: Teaching Buddhism to the Buddah.
Trying to explain things to someone who knows more than you.
Hana yori dango
Dango over flowers –
Utility is more useful than beauty
You can’t shake an empty sleeve
The sleeve of the kimono was used to store money. This saying is equivalent to “you can’t get blood from a turnip”
Shiranu ga hotoke.
Not knowing is Buddha.
Ignorance is bliss. / What you don’t know can’t hurt you.
Fall seven times and stand up eight
When life knocks you down, stand back up; What matters is not the bad that happened, but what one does after.
Oitaru wo, chichi to se-yo
That which is old should be treated with the respect due a father.
- Porter, W.N. (1981) ”The Tosa Diary by Ki no Tsurayuki”. Singapore: Tuttle Publishing.
You can listen to the full episode over on Anchor here: Japan Archives, or wherever you listen to Podcasts.
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