Jan 17, 2005

Kotowaza of the day: Be the ball


Ja no michi wa hebi

Meaning of Japanese:
Snakes follow the way of serpents

English equivalents:
Set a thief to catch a thief
It takes one to know one
An old poacher makes the best gamekeeper


At 1/18/2005 5:24 PM, Blogger Safety Neal said...

How about: "A leopard cannot change its spots." Slightly different feel, but it resembles the original kotowaza.

At 1/19/2005 4:04 AM, Blogger eBohn said...

Hmmm... I like that one, Safety. But it does have a different feel, dealing only with one individual's unchanging nature. I think I found a kotowaza that matches it fairly well, though. Check the entry for 1/19.


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