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If possible, try to ween the exact right amount

Turns out it means “to suppose, to expect.” 驕る平家は久しからず (Ogoru Heike wa hisashikarazu; “The haughty Heike are not for long”) Definition: Pride comes before a fall, and outright arrogance is especially vulnerable. The more a person becomes full of themselves, … Continue reading

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What goes up, must come down.

A continuation. 盛者必衰 jou.sha.hi-.ssui Literally: prosper – person – inevitable – decline Alternately: All those who prosper will see their fortunes wane. Even those who attain worldly success and glory will eventually fall or fade away, due to the mutable … Continue reading

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“And all the heat in the universe / is gonna coooool doooown”

Doubly topical! This week we’re reading a section of the Tale of the Heike for class. 諸行無常 sho.gyou.mu.jou Literally: many / various – go – no – ordinary / always Alternately: Nothing lasts forever. All worldly things are transient. Sic transit … Continue reading

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