Dec 23, 2004

Kotowaza of the day: What about my Beaujolais nouveau?


Soto boro no uchi nishiki

Meaning of Japanese:
Rags on the outside, brocade within
Poor in show, rich in substance

English equivalents:
The best wine comes out of an old vessel


At 12/26/2004 2:35 AM, Blogger Safety Neal said...

How about "Don't judge a book by its cover" as another English version?

At 12/26/2004 3:47 AM, Blogger eBohn said...

Yeah, I considered that one too. But it's more general and I've run across a Japanese version that better matches it. This one is specific in referring to a shabby exterior that conceals inner quality.

Thanks for the suggestion though! You've got a knack for this sort of thing, so feel free to offer alternatives whenever you see an opening.


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