Tag Archives: 油断

Tidal waves just sneaking right up on ya there

天災は忘れた頃にやってくる (Tensai wa wasureta koro ni yatte kuru; “Disaster comes when it has been forgotten”) Definition: Don’t let your guard down, because disasters always seem to strike exactly when you’re doing just that. The last catastrophe has faded from memory, … Continue reading

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Our greatest foe

A more pithy relative of the most recent kotowaza: 油断大敵 yu.dan.tai.teki Literally: oil/fat – sever/refuse/decide – big – enemy Alternately: Your greatest enemy is your own unpreparedness. Feeling secure and letting your guard down is what makes you insecure. Notes: … Continue reading

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