Literally: east – run – west – run
Alternately: Keeping busy. Being on the go. Actively involving oneself in something.
Notes: There are a number of yojijukugo along the same lines, including 東走西奔 (tou.sou.sei.hon) and 東行西走 (tou.kou.sei.sou).
It’s (part of) the title of a pair of books, too! I don’t know what they’re about. Source. Oddly, not on Amazon.
I love the written word more than anything else I've had the chance to work with. I'm back in the States from Japan for grad school, but still studying Japanese with the hope of becoming a translator -- or writer, or even teacher -- as long as it's something language-related.
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