A gathering of silver threads

The Little Mermaid II


Literally: hundred – river – return (home) – ocean

Alternately: Things that were scattered or disparate coming together, like how rivers and streams start here and there but all end up in the sea. By extension, a large group of people in accord with each other, especially in terms of feelings or opinion.

Notes: This saying comes to us from the Huainanzi (淮南子, Enanji or Wainanshi in Japanese), a mid-Han-dynasty essay collection.


Maybe not a large enough crowd to really illustrate the phrase, but you get the idea.

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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