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This week’s kotowaza was brought to my attention by a friend, who used a related version (see Notes) in a Facebook post a while back. 待つ間が花 (matsu ma ga hana; “the time spent waiting is a flower”) Definition: Anticipation is … Continue reading

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Maslow would agree

Here’s another famous one: 花より団子 (Hana yori dango; “Dumplings before flowers”) Definition: People value things that address their concrete needs over more abstract, artistic considerations. It is better for something to be profitable or beneficial than merely pleasing. Substance is … Continue reading

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