Dec 2, 2004

Kotowaza of the day: On devils and kindness


Wataru seken ni oni wa nai

Meaning of Japanese:
There is no true devil in this world

English equivalents:
The devil is not so black as he is painted
Kindness will creep where it may not go
There is kindness to be found everywhere

This one popped into mind because we've recently seen ads on TV for a drama called 渡る世間は鬼ばかり (Wataru seken wa oni bakari), or "The world is rife with devils."

Update: I tried using a table, but my limited HTML knowledge did not impress the Blogger gods, and they punished me with a large chunk of blank space. This definition list seems to serve my purpose well, however.


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