Japanese Proverbs: Wit and Wisdom

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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.
Go beyond speaking Japanese–peek into the soul of Japan. 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", ...

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Overview

"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.
Go beyond speaking Japanese–peek into the soul of Japan. 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784805312001
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/10/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 955,295
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David Galef is an American scholar, novelist, critic, poet, translator and essayist. He is professor of English at Montclair State University and author of many books of fiction and poetry, including 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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Table of Contents

Contents
Author Preface to the New Edition
Preface to EMFFT
Foreword for EMFFT by Edward G. Seidensticker
Preface to EASBCT
Foreword to EASBCT by Charles Shiro Inouye
The Proverbs
List of Proverbs with English Language Equivalents
List of English Language Proverbs with Japanese Equivalents

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