A yojijukugo for spiders?


Literally: side / bystander – eye – eight – eye

Alternately: People observing something from outside can understand it better than those directly involved. An objective viewpoint gives the best grasp of a situation.

Notes: This phrase comes from the game of Go, in which it is said that observers (傍目) watching a game can see how it will progress eight moves ahead of what the players can figure out (where each move involves placing a stone on an “eye” of the board, hence 八目).

Media: There weren’t a lot of visual media that illustrated this particularly well, so please just enjoy this eponymous video by “Team 3”:

About Confanity

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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2 Responses to A yojijukugo for spiders?

  1. locksleyu says:

    I don’t think there is supposed to be an “n” in “hachin” (:

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