After lunch last Sunday, our guests entertained us with more proverbs from the Far East. (See the fifteen Chinese proverbs in a previous post.) Here are the insightful Japanese proverbs they shared.
Even monkeys fall from trees.
Time, like light and shadow, flies like an arrow.
A nail that stands up will be pounded down.
Hardship will tell you who your true friend is.
[Sharing good ideas with the unappreciative is] like putting a gold coin in front of a cat.
We like rice cakes better than cherry blossoms [especially when hungry].
[An unexpected blessing is] like a rice cake that falls down from a shelf.
[When we understand], scales fall from our eyes.
Our two friends from Japan also explained a series of sentences used to illustrate how to develop a theme:
Osaka main town
Daughters of a textile shop. The older daughter is seventeen. The younger is fifteen. [Added details]
A daimyo’s samurai kills by a bow. [New information that isn’t obviously connected.]
The daughters kill men by their eyes. [The wrap-up that brings the disparate parts together.]
To describe a lady, you may want to say that when she stands or sits, she is as lovely as a peony, and when she walks, she is as lovely as a lily.