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Don’t bee sad!

泣き面に蜂 (Nakitsura ni hachi; “A wasp in a crying face”) Definition: It never rains but it pours. Bad things happen in groups, not in isolation. Misfortune compounded on top of further misfortune. A wasp flying into the face of someone … Continue reading

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For when you just have to say “At least it wasn’t….”

不幸中の幸い (Fukouchuu no saiwai; “Happiness amidst misfortune.”) Definition: A cloud’s silver lining. A small consolation in hard times or sadness. A small mercy that things weren’t worse. Breakdown: This kotowaza is simply a noun phrase. 幸い (saiwai) is a noun … Continue reading

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