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There’s many a slip ‘twixt the dress and the hip

This week’s selection is one of my favorites: 弘法にも筆の誤り (Koubou ni mo fude no ayamari; “Even Kuukai’s brush slips”) Definition: It means, essentially, “everyone makes mistakes” or “we’re all only human.” The translation given above may seem odd, since I … Continue reading

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Who Hunts a Deer

Hello! It’s time for another kotowaza: 鹿を追う者は山を見ず (shika wo ou mono wa yama wo mizu; “one who chases a deer doesn’t see the mountain”) Definition: Describes a situation in which someone is so focused on one thing or goal, generally … Continue reading

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Even Crawling, a Bean

Hello! It’s been a long drought. I’m in grad school, working on a Masters in Japanese and a Certificate (which I think is simply fancy-speak for a minor) in Literary Translation. I spent the past year working as an AI … Continue reading

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