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Lessons from Toad Hall

柳に雪折れなし (Yanagi ni yukiore nashi; “The willow is not broken by snow”) Definition: Gentleness and flexibility may appear weak, but are actually stronger than hardness. The supple, drooping branches of a willow tree aren’t as impressive as the rigid branches … Continue reading

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One, two, three, four five; Once I caught a fish alive

Six, seven, eight, nine, ten; I never saw a fish again 柳の下にいつも泥鰌は居らぬ (Yanagi no shita ni itsumo dojou wa oranu; “There isn’t always a loach below the willow”) Definition: Just because something good happened once doesn’t mean that the same … Continue reading

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