Oct 21, 2005

Kotowaza of the day: Because it builds character

Japanese:
若い時の辛労は買うてもせよ

Romanized:
Wakai toki-no shinrou-wa kautemo seyo

Meaning of Japanese:
Even if you have to pay for it, hard work while young will be useful in the future

English equivalent:
Heavy work in youth is quiet rest in old age

3 Comments:

At 10/22/2005 6:28 PM, Blogger Safety Neal said...

I think that message was largely lost on American Gen-Xers. I think of slogans like "If it feels good do it," and the Beastie Boy's Anthem: "You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party". Reminds of the comment you once made to me that wisdom is wasted on the old and youth is wasted on the young.

 
At 10/25/2005 2:37 PM, Blogger Mun Mun said...

I agree with Safety Neal. I didn't experience much pressure to work in my teens, but I'm glad I did. Of course in the 80's fast food jobs were more plentiful. I wonder what teenagers do for money these days besides internet scamming and drug dealing. I guess there's always babysitting.

 
At 11/09/2008 7:20 PM, Blogger Sean M said...

When I was a boy, I ate stones for breakfast, and my father used to beat me six times a day and drown me in vinegar every night. Kids these days don't know how good they have it.

 

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