Pride cometh

Every castle is undefeated… for some while!


Literally: difficult – attack – not – fall

Alternately: Nigh impervious to assault. Difficult even to attack, much less to actually bring down, like a near-impregnable castle. By extension, a situation where things don’t go as planned, expected, or desired.

Notes: Sources suggest that this compound was formed in the Sengoku period, and note wryly that few of the era’s supposedly-invincible castles remained undefeated.


Kumamoto Castle, which bills itself as Japan’s most 難攻不落 fortification.

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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