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Four more seasons; another year

春夏秋冬 shun.ka.shuu.tou Literally: spring – summer – autumn – winter Alternately: Like it says: spring, summer, fall, and winter. All four seasons. A full year. Notes: This one is very old, attested since at least the early 900s, and has … Continue reading

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An autumn all the more lovely for being free of raiders from the north

This isn’t a kotowaza in the normal sense of an adage or precept; it’s just an expression. But I’ve loved it since I learned it, and thought I’d take this opportunity to share. 天高く馬肥ゆる秋 (Ten takaku uma koyuru aki; “High-heavened, … Continue reading

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Has your son married a mouse?

Sorry for the late kotowaza post this week! Things are getting busy, and I had a heck of a time trying to come up with an example usage. Anyway, here’s a beautiful example of folk etymology run amok. 秋茄子嫁に食わすな (Akinasubi yome … Continue reading

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