An apple a day… may help.


Literally: medicine – food – same – source

Alternately: Just as medicine is used to cure diseases, eating well is key to maintaining one’s health. The best defense against ill health is a proper balanced diet (as an every-day practice).

Notes: Some versions of this saying use (yaku), “medicine,” instead of . It seems that the version is the original Chinese idea, while the version was created and used in Japan based on it. Apparently some people use (also pronounced i, but meaning “clothing”) in place of . This is plainly an error.


Today’s compound commemorates the treaty that ended the great doctor-chef wars of the 18th century. How quickly we forget the lessons of the past.

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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