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"Destroy a nation, but its mountains and rivers remain."— Japanese proverb

This is a collection of 200 Japanese proverbs with illustrations and explanations for each saying.

Japanese Proverbs: Wit and Wisdom is a delightfully illustrated compilation of traditional Japanese sayings and maxims. Some of the classic Japanese quotes and quotations, like "Fall down seven times, get up eight," capture the dogged perseverance of the Japanese heart. Others, such as "A red lacquer dish needs no decoration" illuminate both a universal truth and Japan''s unique, aesthetic traditions. Japanese Proverbs: Wit and Wisdom has proverbs of great cultural significance as well as proverbs on matters of daily life and customs.

Pleasing to expert and new-comer alike, the 200 traditional proverbs in this unique collection are presented in Japanese calligraphy form, along with direct English translations. Similar proverbs are given from English, and the sumi-e style ink drawings are a delight in their own right.

Amateurs and Japanese language enthusiasts alike will speak Japanese with the verve and nuance of a native when they use these apt and witty expressions.

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"…Alikeablebok…tells us much about Japan." — from the foreward by Edward G. Seidensticker

About the Author

David Galef is an American scholar, novelist, critic, poet, translator and essayist. He is a professor of English at Montclair State University and author of many books of fiction and poetry, including Turning Japanese (1998), Flaws (2007), and My Date with Neanderthal Woman (2011).

Jun Hashimoto is a New York-based artist and illustrator. His art and illustrations have graced everything from Scotch labels to book covers.

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The Tally Ho
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200 Classic Japanese Proverbs
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2017
The book has 200 classic Japanese proverbs. Each proverb is given a full page. About 2/3 of each page is taken up by an illustration by Jun Hashimoto which are very nice. Then the bottom 1/3 of the page has the proverb in Japanese and English which I particularly liked,... See more
The book has 200 classic Japanese proverbs. Each proverb is given a full page. About 2/3 of each page is taken up by an illustration by Jun Hashimoto which are very nice. Then the bottom 1/3 of the page has the proverb in Japanese and English which I particularly liked, followed by a short description of meaning of the proverb. So why only 4 stars, may you ask? With only 200 single sentence proverbs it does not take long to finish the book, so it does not seem to be a very good value for the price.
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E Coli
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Mom loved it
Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2019
My mother (who is native Japanese) was absolutely delighted with it. There is some Japanese but the bulk of the writing is in English. The sayings/expressions are mirrored in Japanese/English, but the explanation for the sayings are in English only.
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Senseless Junk Book
Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2020
Worse proverbs book I ever purchased. I was looking forward to reading something with true wisdom. This book was just a junk book filled with senseless words.
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Dick1
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Very Interesting Book
Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2013
It is sage, it is witty and its so easy to read. I have received many hours of enjoyment from this book. You don''t need to spend hours reading it--just put it down when you want and pick it up when you have time to read more.
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Beverly
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... a lot and how the book was organized was easy to follow
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2015
No plot involved in this book but the amount of proverbs were a lot and how the book was organized was easy to follow.
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Kindle Customer
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Excellent book!
Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2016
Good Proverds!
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Yellow Cake Cone
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Beautiful book, the drawings are cute and it''s just ...
Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2014
Beautiful book, the drawings are cute and it''s just a great book to keep around and read with friends on a slow rainy night.
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Mark Twain
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Great book
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2012
Fun book. Fun to pick up and try to come up with alternative English proverbs to those provided in the book.
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Mark
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 3, 2017
fantastic book with great illustrations.
fantastic book with great illustrations.
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Oliver
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Great purchase
Reviewed in Spain on April 14, 2018
Every single page is illustrated with a wonderful drawing besides which there''s the handwritten proverb in Japanese. The translation of the Japanese proverb to a common proverb in English has been carefully done with great taste. Likewise, a succinct explanation and...See more
Every single page is illustrated with a wonderful drawing besides which there''s the handwritten proverb in Japanese. The translation of the Japanese proverb to a common proverb in English has been carefully done with great taste. Likewise, a succinct explanation and interpretation of the proverb is provided below it.
Every single page is illustrated with a wonderful drawing besides which there''s the handwritten proverb in Japanese.

The translation of the Japanese proverb to a common proverb in English has been carefully done with great taste. Likewise, a succinct explanation and interpretation of the proverb is provided below it.
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EleSakura
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Awesome book
Reviewed in Italy on March 19, 2014
I''ve decided to buy this book because I am really interested in Japanese culture, especially popular wisdom. I''ve always wanted to buy a collection of Japanese proverbs but, sadly, there''s no such book in Italy. Since I can speak English, I decided to buy this book and I am...See more
I''ve decided to buy this book because I am really interested in Japanese culture, especially popular wisdom. I''ve always wanted to buy a collection of Japanese proverbs but, sadly, there''s no such book in Italy. Since I can speak English, I decided to buy this book and I am totally happy to have done it. The proverbs written are perfectly explained with their shades and meaning and the illustrations are also really nice. I reccomend this book to anyone who is interested in Japan and wants to know it better.
I''ve decided to buy this book because I am really interested in Japanese culture, especially popular wisdom.
I''ve always wanted to buy a collection of Japanese proverbs but, sadly, there''s no such book in Italy.
Since I can speak English, I decided to buy this book and I am totally happy to have done it.
The proverbs written are perfectly explained with their shades and meaning and the illustrations are also really nice.
I reccomend this book to anyone who is interested in Japan and wants to know it better.
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Good book
Reviewed in Canada on September 15, 2018
Very informative book.
Very informative book.
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Lady V
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Very Helpful - 非常に役に立ちました
Reviewed in Japan on January 10, 2016
This book is good for more than learning colloquialisms. This book also helps with understanding the Japanese culture better. I highly recommend this book. It''s a quick read, but keep it as a resource material....See more
This book is good for more than learning colloquialisms. This book also helps with understanding the Japanese culture better. I highly recommend this book. It''s a quick read, but keep it as a resource material. この本は学習口語よりも適しています。この本はまた私たちはより良い日本文化を理解するのに役立ちます。私は非常にこの本をお勧めします。これは迅速な読み取りですが、資源材料としてそれを維持します。
This book is good for more than learning colloquialisms. This book also helps with understanding the Japanese culture better. I highly recommend this book. It''s a quick read, but keep it as a resource material.

この本は学習口語よりも適しています。この本はまた私たちはより良い日本文化を理解するのに役立ちます。私は非常にこの本をお勧めします。これは迅速な読み取りですが、資源材料としてそれを維持します。
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Japanese popular Proverbs: outlet sale Wit and Wisdom: 200 Classic Japanese Sayings and Expressions in English and Japanese text sale

Japanese popular Proverbs: outlet sale Wit and Wisdom: 200 Classic Japanese Sayings and Expressions in English and Japanese text sale

Japanese popular Proverbs: outlet sale Wit and Wisdom: 200 Classic Japanese Sayings and Expressions in English and Japanese text sale

Japanese popular Proverbs: outlet sale Wit and Wisdom: 200 Classic Japanese Sayings and Expressions in English and Japanese text sale

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