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In Japanese, we have many proverbs that are well known, but below, I have collected major ones that are good to know. These are simple and easy to understand, so we often use in our daily conversations. I have included the English translation or English proverbs where applicable, so you can relate to what you are used to hearing.
Basically, meaning of this proverb is, after you experience something bad, there comes good things. Literal translation is “After rain, comes fair weather.” This is one of my favorite proverbs.
2. 花より団子（Hana yori dango) – はな より だんご
You might have heard the proverbs such as,
Basically, what it means is that, people are more interested in the practical over the aesthetic. This Japanese proverb is also used in an ironic way as well when we talk about people to criticize, for someone who does not understand the true meaning of something.
3. 一石二鳥 (Isseki ni cho) – いっせき にちょう
This is probably one of the easiest and most used proverbs in our house. I often talk to kids explaining things using this proverb. Literal translation is exactly, “Kill two birds with one stone.”
4. 縁の下の力持ち (En no shitano chikara mochi)- えんの したの ちから もち
I was not able to find the exact match for this proverb in English. Example: かれは えんの したの ちからもち だ。(Kare wa en no shita no chikara mochi da.) ===> He is a man of modest worth.
5. 郷に入っては郷に従え (Gou ni haitte wa gou ni shitagae) – ごうに はいっては ごうに したがえ
This is the proverb I often tell the kids when we travel back and force between Japan and U.S. There are many cultural things they need to adjust while in Japan. If you are a traveler, you would know the true meaning of this.
There are many more useful proverbs in Japanese. Do you have anything particular that you like? If so, share with me in the comment section!