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1. 自業自得 < じごうじとく> <Jigōjitoku>
“One’s act, one’s profit.”

Equivalent to “you reap what you sow,” this one rings way more timelessly as few are sowing these days.

2. 十人十色<じゅうにんといろ> <Jūnintoiro>
“Ten men, ten colors.”
Aka, “different strokes for different folks” — I prefer the image of colors to the image of folks getting stroked.

3. 起死回生<きしかいせい><Kishikaisei>
“Wake from death and return to life.”

Meaning “to turn a bad or desperate situation into a success,” this truly underscores just how dire some bad situations feel sometimes.

4. 悪因悪果<あくいんあっか><Akuin'akka>
“Evil cause, evil effect.”

Another “you reap what you sow,” this one is a tad more specific, and almost suggests a karmic outcome.

5. 見ぬが花<みぬがはな><Minugahana>
“Not seeing is a flower.”

I love the fact that the Japanese use “flower” to describe imagination, beauty, and sometimes pointlessness. In this case, “reality cannot compete with imagination.”

6. 酔生夢死<すいせいむし><Suiseimushi>
“Drunken life, dreamy death.”

Meaning to dream one’s life away, or spending all one’s time dreaming without accomplishing anything significant…at least this one seems to make light of the situation.

7. 一期一会<いちごいちえ><Ichigoichie>
“One life, one encounter.”
Every encounter is a once-in-a-lifetime encounter — this really underscores how many first-and-only-time things happen in the day-to-day.

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