All roads lead to Home


Literally: different – road – same – go home / arrive at / result in

Alternately: “Different path, same destination.” When differing methodologies produce the same end result.

Notes: Synonyms include 殊塗同帰 (shuto douki), in which 殊 (shu, “exceptional”) fills the role of 異 and 塗 (to) stands in for homophone 途, used here to mean “route” and fill the same role as 路. This formulation can also sometimes flip its parts and become 同帰殊塗 (douki shuto). Compare and contrast 同工異曲.

This compound comes to us from our friend the Huainanzi (Japanese 『淮南子』 =  Enanji). It can also be given the native-Japanese reading of 路を異にして帰りを同じうす (michi wo koto ni shite kaeri wo onajiusu, probably).

This is the proper い entry I promised previously: the older reading of 異 is “yi” (イ), rather than “wi” (ヰ) or “i” (ヒ).

The sample pages suggest that the "same destination" in this case is a restaurant. Could be worse.

The title of a brief indy manga. You can check it out for free (with an account) or otherwise support the creator on their Pixiv.

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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