Japanese Sayings/Phrases – Kotowaza [ことわざ]

It is just like English sayings and phrases, there are Japanese sayings and phrases as well. It is called [kotowaza ことわざ].

What is the KOTOWAZA?

Kotowaza is the Japanese saying/phrases which expresses people’s wisdom and it has been told by many people from long time ago. And it is an example of something and a teachings of the life.

Today’s kotowaza


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The Origin

It has came from the fact that we worry many things before giving a birth but after giving a birth, actually we realize that it was not that much worrying thing.

Its meaning

Anzuru – shinpai suru (to worry)

Yasushi – kantan (easy)

We worry many things before doing something, however we can easily do when we just do it.

It is easier to do something than worry about it/the anxiety comes from doing nothing is worse than any danger you might face

How to use it


Ekimae no haisha san wa yasashi sensei da sodayo. Anzuru yori umu ga yasushi da. Kowagatte inaide hayaku itta hoga iiyo.

I heard that the dentist in front of the station was a kind dentist. It is easier to do something about it than worry about it. Don’t be scare, I think you better go quickly.


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