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An irony for many residents of DC

Especially the transients. You know who you are. 住めば都 (Sumeba miyako; “If you live there, it’s the capital”) Definition: No matter how inconvenient, old, noisy, or just plain bad your residence is, it still feels like you belong there. Once … Continue reading

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None are so lost as those who will not stop being lost

, Darryl 迷者不問 mei.sha.fu.mon Literally: lost – person – non – ask Alternately: “The (truly) lost are those who do not ask (the way).” An admonition to ask questions when there’s something you don’t understand. If you get lost – … Continue reading

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Hey, simulation!

麻の中の蓬 (Asa no naka no yomogi; “Mugwort amongst hemp”) Definition: If you spend time with good people you’ll be influenced and inspired by them, and become a better person yourself. This is the positive-oriented counterpart to last week’s 朱に交われば赤くなる. The … Continue reading

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Ka mate, ka ora

生殺与奪 sei.satsu.yo.datsu Literally: life – kill – give – rob Alternately: Controlling people according to one’s whim. Having absolute power over others – to keep alive or kill; to give them things or take things away. Notes: The order of … Continue reading

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Gird your loins, or your chin

勝って兜の緒を締めよ (Katte kabuto no o wo shimeyo; “When you win, tighten your helmet-strap”) Definition: A warning to not let down one’s guard even when things seem to be going well or when one seems to have won a fight. Always … Continue reading

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Darker than Black… is not a sequel

青は藍より出でて藍より青し (Ao wa ai yori idete ai yori aoshi; “Blue comes from indigo and is bluer than indigo.”) Definition: “The student has surpassed the master.” Alternately, hard work and study can lead to greater levels of ability than innate talent. … Continue reading

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War and Weft

合従連衡 ga-.sshou.ren.kou Literally: join – vertical – lead – horizontal Alternately: This compound commonly refers to diplomacy based on calculations of profit and loss; of making and breaking alliances based on the convenience of the moment. Originally, it referred to … Continue reading

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Wearing your heart on your hat?

頂門の一針 (Choumon no isshin; “A needle in the scalp”) Definition: A warning, scolding, or prohibition that really hits home. An admonition that feels like a needle stuck into the “vital point” at the top of the head. Being told off … Continue reading

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