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(Thusly.) 対岸の火事 (Taigan no kaji; “Fire on the far shore”) Definition: Somebody Else’s Problem. Something that doesn’t impact you in any way; “No skin off my nose.” Like a fire seen from the opposite shore of a body of water, … Continue reading

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“Because when I get angry, even flies don’t dare to fly!”

地震雷火事親父 (Jishin kaminari kaji oyaji; “Earthquake, thunder, fire, father”) Definition: Scary things. The first and third are self-explanatory for an earthquake-prone archipelago that was home, especially by the end of the Edo era, to dense urban centers built almost entirely … Continue reading

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Urgent news straight from the source!

Here’s another flatulence-related saying! Enjoy! 屁と火事は元から騒ぐ (He to kaji wa moto kara sawagu; “Farts and fires make noise from the source”) Definition: The one who caused a problem often complains about it the most. “The one who smelt it, dealt … Continue reading

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