Even Monkeys Fall From Trees

Even Monkeys Fall From Trees

The Wit and Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs


This collection of one hundred Japanese proverbs, with translations, Western equivalents, and Jun Hashimoto’s charming illustrations, provides a broad look at traditional Japanese culture, its folk wisdom and its customs. The proverbs range from Mago no mo isshō, “Even a packhorse driver looks fine in proper dress” (Clothes make the man) to Nana-korobi, ya-oki, “Fall down seven times, get up eight” (If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again). The foreword is by the noted Japanologist Edward G. Seidensticker.


[Mr. Galef] has done his work well, as has his illustrator, Mr. Hashimoto. It is a likeable book, and it tells us much about Japan.
–Edward G. Seidensticker.