Tag Archives: Chikamatsu Monzaemon

So you *can* make a mountain out of a molehill?

後は野となれ山となれ (Ato wa no to nare yama to nare; “After this, come field, come mountain.”) Definition: Not caring about what comes next as long as the current problem or issue can be finished up or taken care of. By extension, … Continue reading

Posted in Japanese, Kotowaza | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Not looking for a catspaw, but…

Any hand in a storm. 猫の手も借りたい (Neko no te mo karitai; “Wanting to borrow even a cat’s hand”) Definition: Being so extremely busy that one is willing to accept help from anyone at all. So busy that any helping hand … Continue reading

Posted in Japanese, Kotowaza | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

They say he only likes it when you pat his belly

仏の顔も三度 (Hotoke no kao mo sando; “Even the Buddha’s face, three times”) Definition: Even the most gentle person will become angry if you treat them poorly on a frequent enough basis (often used in reference to rude behavior). Even the … Continue reading

Posted in Japanese, Kotowaza | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment