Japanese Proverbs

Japanese Proverbs: Wit and Wisdom


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.