Who sleeps safe in Japan?

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Who sleeps safe in Japan?

Post by FireEater » Wed 04.19.2006 10:22 am

In English we let sleeping dogs lie. Frenchmen take care to let their cats sleep on, and in Swedish, perhaps more useful, you are admonished not to wake up an asleep bear (should be very sound advice that!). So my question is this: is there an animal that Japanese people proverbially strive NOT to wake up?

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RE: Who sleeps safe in Japan?

Post by Naikou » Wed 04.19.2006 12:37 pm

Hehe, nice way to ask in a round about way, what's the japanese saying (proverb) for 'Let sleeping dogs lie' :p.

I don't know it though :p

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Post by TrilinguisT » Wed 04.19.2006 2:49 pm

huh?

oh well not all dogs are the same, they do have individual personalities.. for instance, my dog "chippie" will be okay if we try to wake him up.. he'll go back to sleep-- but my other dog "snoopy" would be so pissed if we wake him up.. he'll be very angry and try to sleep elswhere --

btw, japan has limited space for living.. i dont think they have pet, maybe they do, but it must be rare.. ??

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Post by Txkun » Wed 04.19.2006 4:24 pm

I don't know about japanese but I can add italian: "Non svegliare il can che dorme" (don't wake the sleeping dog).
Maybe because you should "Cave canem" (latin)? :D

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Post by coco » Wed 04.19.2006 6:42 pm

Though I assume you will be surprised maybe, We say
「触らぬ神に祟りなし」。 Not an animal, but 神。
Others, 「寝た子を起こすな」.
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RE: Who sleeps safe in Japan?

Post by Oracle » Wed 04.19.2006 7:58 pm

In English you "sleep like a log" but in Japanese it's 「泥のように寝る」 - "sleep like mud"

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Post by coco » Wed 04.19.2006 8:35 pm

I have a question,
How long do dogs sleep who/which(?) are able to understand native's English ?
(冗談です):D
http://zatugaku.jp/proverb.htm
it is a very interesting site.

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Post by AJBryant » Wed 04.19.2006 10:46 pm

And Admiral Yamamoto made a comment about awakening a sleeping dragon... ;)


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RE: Who sleeps safe in Japan?

Post by FireEater » Thu 04.20.2006 7:26 am

For sheer stupidity, going for the sleeping dragon, must be the very summit!

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Post by Oyaji » Sun 04.30.2006 10:43 pm

The one I hear most often is the one coco mentioned. 「寝た子を起こすな」"Don't wake a sleeping child." It basically means the same thing as "Let sleeping dogs lie."
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Post by TrilinguisT » Sun 04.30.2006 11:01 pm

OMG00dness!! i feel so stupid now.. i didnt know what you were asking at first. until i saw other replies, it just go to me.. :( i need to read stuff more carefully next time..

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Post by two_heads_talking » Mon 05.01.2006 1:13 pm

AJBryant wrote:
And Admiral Yamamoto made a comment about awakening a sleeping dragon... ;)


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that is true, but wasn't it speaking of a different conotation? i think he was offering it as a challenge.. hehe..

(back on topic, i think there are 5 or 6 kotowaza that refer to don't do something stupid (which is what all these sayings ellude to)

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Post by AJBryant » Mon 05.01.2006 6:06 pm

i think he was offering it as a challenge.. hehe..
Hardly. "I think all we have done is awaken a sleeping dragon and fill him with a terrible resolve."

But as I think about it, I believe it was "giant" rather than "dragon."

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