On the up and up and away

立身出世
ri-.sshin.shu-.sse

Literally: stand up – person – go out – society

Alternately: Success in society; specifically, establishing oneself in a high (and well-paid) position. Achieving fame and fortune.

Notes: This is a repetition-type compound; both risshin and shusse refer to “success in society.”

While the first image this phrase calls to mind for me is of the cursus honorum that classical or feudal aristocrats were expected to rise though, it apparently came into popular use in the early Meiji era, when the advent of democracy and the deconstruction of the old social order led to a dramatic increase in social mobility.

RisshinMahou

This very odd MTG card seems to read the characters more literally as a sort of resurrection.

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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