Tag Archives: History of the Southern Dynasties

Rubbing elbows ‘cross the pond

一衣帯水 ichi.i.tai.sui Literally: one – garment – belt – water Alternately: A relatively thin strip of water, such as a river or narrow stretch of sea. By extension, two things that are very close together. Notes: Unusually among four-character compounds, … Continue reading

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Apple tree turning yellow

(林檎黄変) 臨機応変 rin.ki.ou.hen Literally: meet – opportunity – reply – change Alternately: Adapting to the current situation. Playing things by ear. “Facing the current situation and responding to changes.” Specifically, responding appropriately to changing situations, with the knowledge that it … Continue reading

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