Japanese Proverbs & Sayings

Sunset view of Torii gate, Miyajima, Japan

Japan – Land of the Rising Sun

 

A man in love mistakes a pimple for a dimple.

– Japanese proverb

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A true word is not beautiful and a beautiful word is not true.

– Japan

Add caution to caution.
– Japanese saying

*** Good advice.

A frog’s baby is a frog
– Japan


A frog in a well does not know the great sea.
– Japan

After the rian, the earth hardens.

Accomplishments remain with oneself.
– Japan

Beware of returning arrow.
– Japan

Depend on your walking stick, not on other people.
– Japanese Proverb

Entering a village, obey the village.
– Japansese saying
(This to me is a version of the more familiar, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”)

Even a welcome guest becomes a bore on the third day.
– Japanese Proverb


Even monkeys fall from trees.

Eggs and vows are easily broken.
– Japan


Fall down seven times, get up eight.
– Japan


Farm when it’s sunny, read when it’s raining.
– Japanese proverb
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He who hunts two hares leaves one and loses the other.
– Japanese

If you believe everything you read, better not read.
– Japan

Luck exists in the leftovers.
– Japan

Obey the customs of the village you enter.

– Japan

Perseverance is strength

Strong people can spin their top in the sand.

– Japan

Someone who stands behind a wall can see nothing else.
– Japanese Saying

Spilt water will not return to the tray.


“The nail that sticks up will be hammered down.”
– Japanese Proverb

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The wise man shapes himself according to his environments, as water to the shape of the vessel into which it is poured.
—Japanese.

To an ant, a few drops of rain is a flood.
– Japanese Proverb

Too much courtesy is discourtesy.
– Japanese Proverb

The reverse side has its reverse side.
– Japanese saying

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This is like saying there is always another side to every story.

To teach is to learn

– Japan


The life of an old man is like a lighted candle in a draft.
— Japanese.

The protruding nail will be pounded down.

– Japan

The second word makes the fray.

– Japan


To know and to act are one and the same.
– Samurai Proverb

”Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.”
– Japanese Proverb

We learn by watching and listening.

We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.
– Japanese Proverb

When rats infest the palace, the slowest cat is superior to the fastest horse.

– Japanese Proverb

You cannot catch a tiger cub unless you enter the tiger’s den.
– Japan

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