Japanese proverbs with English translation and audio pronunciation guide.
Happiness that is nearby but unnoticed.
Don't worry about the future and live for today.
Unexpected events can happen right around you.
Even if you think you have concealed a misdeed or fault perfectly, some part of it will reveal itself.
It's too late to be of any use; missing the opportunity.
Not worrying about what happens afterwards.
There can be beauty in ugliness.
Trying to catch two things at once and getting neither.
Difficulties often lead to stability and strength.
Doing is easier than worrying.
Patience will yield favourable results.
Being overly cautious.
When in a hurry, it's better to take a safe, even if longer, route.
One example reflects all.
Out of the frying pan and into the fire.
The future is uncertain.
When you try to do something, you're likely to encounter trouble; or you might encounter unexpected fortune while you're at it.
Life enables everything, and death accomplishes nothing.
Limited perspective due to lack of exposure to the world.
If there is mutual affection, there is mutual willingness.
Speaking to deaf ears; futile advice.
Gaining large profits with little investment.
Someone who supports others without being recognized.
Learning from those less experienced or younger.
Giving additional power to someone already powerful.
Something that is not useful because it is in between – not enough or too much.
Parents worry about their children, who often don’t realize the extent of their concern and act selfishly or rebelliously.
Being harmed by someone you have favoured or looked after.
Something unsuitable or out of place.
Even experts can make mistakes or have an off moment.
Most things in the world can be resolved with money.
The experience and wisdom accumulated over many years are valuable and precious.
If you love your children, don't pamper them; instead, let them experience hardships.
Something might seem like paradise when heard about but hell when actually seen.
Asking may be a moment of shame, but not asking and remaining ignorant is a lifetime of shame; better to ask soon.
A special skill can be a lifesaver in difficult times.
Regretting something you've done doesn't change the past.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Even experts make mistakes.
Being so busy with work that you neglect your own matters.
A child's behaviour reflects its parents.
Even experts can make mistakes.
If you don't interfere, you won't invite trouble.
Collective wisdom surpasses individual wisdom.
Even in close relationships, manners are important.
Trying to teach an expert in their field.
You are influenced by the people you associate with.
Ignorance is bliss.
Passion makes you good at something.
Excess is equivalent to deficiency.
What is learned in the cradle is carried to the grave.
Dire circumstances allow no choice.
Make hay while the sun shines.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Sometimes you have to lose to win.
Larger can substitute for smaller, so larger things are more useful.
One must leave things in order when departing.
Everyone has their own taste, preferences greatly differ among people.
An unexpected and often effortless fortune.
Honest advice is often unwelcome to the ears because it points out our faults.
Even small amounts accumulate to become a mountain.
Describing a huge difference between two things.
What slipped through our fingers feels bigger than it was.
Those who stand out get attacked or criticized.
It's often hard to see what's right under one's nose.
Nearby strangers can be more reliable than distant relatives.
Time is precious and should not be wasted.
Elderly people taking actions without considering their age or strength.
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
When desperate, one cannot be choosy.
When following a master, a disciple should not tread upon their shadow, showing respect and maintaining a distance.
Preparing only after a crisis has occurred.
Everyone or everything is on the same mediocre level.
Blithely rushing into danger without realizing it.
Unable to help due to lack of resources or power.
It's wise to yield to those more powerful.
Patience until the opportune moment arrives.
Misfortunes rarely come singly.
Kindness is rewarded.
Persevere through numerous failures.
Ineffectively trying to achieve a goal from an indirect approach.
Things tend to recur, so be cautious of patterns.
Attempting to do two things at once may result in failure in both.
Efforts or words being completely ineffective or wasted.
Gaining profit without making much effort.
It's important to prepare beforehand when starting something.
It's dangerous to leave someone's favourite thing near them.
No matter how valuable something is, it's useless to someone who doesn't understand its value.
Being surprised by an unexpected event.
Talented or skilled people do not show off their abilities unnecessarily.
People tend to forget the hardships or favours once they are over or received.
Something that is done without resistance or opposition.
Someone good at speaking is also good at listening.
Early risers can gain some advantage or benefit.
Rumours or gossips about someone don't last long and will be forgotten after a short while.
Learn from others, whether their actions are good or bad, and correct yourself.
There’s no smoke without fire.
Seeing once is better than hearing a hundred times.
Unexpected outcomes can arise from unexpected places.
Giving something valuable to someone who can't appreciate it.
Even a poor shot will hit the target with enough attempts.
A fondness for something despite being bad at it.
Even a patient person will lose their temper eventually.
Sometimes conceding is a win.
Good things come to those who wait.
The one who goes to retrieve the mummy becomes a mummy
Suffering due to one's own actions
Childhood traits last a lifetime
Confident in skills learned in the past
Having a revelation
Very quick-witted and understanding.
Every expert has their own specialty.
Slight efforts or assistance are hardly effective.
Buying cheap items leads to eventual loss due to poor quality.
Success may not occur in the same way again.
Misfortunes seldom come singly.
Life has its ups and downs.
Good medicine tastes bitter.
Actions speak louder than words.
Turning misfortune into fortune.
There are also kind and compassionate people in the world, not only those who are cold like demons.
Happiness naturally comes to the homes of those who always live cheerfully and brightly.
Love is blind.
Good things comes to those who wait
Give up when success seems unattainable, despite efforts. Throw in the towel.
The third time’s a charm.
Gaining real-world experience by living and working among others, away from one's parents.
Anywhere can become comfortable once you get used to it.
If you are prepared, you have no worries.
Even something trivial is better than nothing.
Falsely accusing somebody.
Something valuable retains its worth even in a deteriorated condition.
Substance is preferred over appearance.
Refers to a couple where the wife is larger or stronger than the husband.
Enjoying two great things at the same time.
Everything, even the judgments of hell, can be influenced by money.
Once a goal is achieved, you may neglect the effort to maintain it.