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Kotowaza - Japanese Proverbs

Kon'ya no shiro bakama. --

    Those who die clothes wear white. or
    The shoemaker's children go barefoot.

Saru mo ki kara ochiru. --

    Even monkeys fall from trees. or
    Anyone can make a mistake.



Go ni itte wa go si shitagae --

    Obey the customs of the village. or
    When in Rome do as the Romans.

Hstake kara hamaguri wa torenu. --

    You can't get clams from a field. or
    You can't get blood from a stone.
Sendo uko shite fune yama ni noboru. --

    Too many skippers bring the boat to the mountain. or
    Too many cooks spoil the soup.

Chiri mo tsumoreba yama to naru. --

    Even dust amassed will grow into a mountain. or
    Great oaks from little acorns grow.

Koi to seki to wa kakusarenu. --
    Love and a cough cannot be hidden. or
    Love conquers all.
Yanagi ni kaze. --
    A will before the wind. or
    Follow the path of least resistance.
Nana korobi ya oki. --
    Fall down seven times, get up eight. or
    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
Heso o kamedomo oyobanu. --
    It's no good trying to bite off your navel. or
    Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.

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