Tag Archives: Kabuki

Like a dash of cold water

年寄りの冷や水 (Toshiyori no hiyamizu; “Cold water for the elderly”) Definition: This phrase describes a situation in which an elderly person is doing something more aggressive or showy, or even dangerous, than is appropriate for their physical condition. The image is … Continue reading

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It’s a new wind, so blow no ill

明日は明日の風が吹く (Ashita wa ashita no kaze ga fuku; “Tomorrow, tomorrow’s wind will blow.”) Definition: Things might be bad today, but tomorrow could well be better, so don’t let it get you in a funk. Alternately: you don’t know what the … Continue reading

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Where the money may be sticky

…but where it doesn’t stick 悪銭身に付かず (Akusen mi ni tsukazu; “Ill-gotten money doesn’t stick with you”) Definition: Money acquired by means other than honest work is often spent quickly on trivial things. Easy money is easy come, easy go. People … Continue reading

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