Japanese Sayings/Phrases – Kotowaza [ことわざ] – Knocking a Stone Bridge Before Crossing

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

Today’s kotowaza

石橋をたたいて渡るIshibashi o tataite wataru (Knocking a stone bridge before crossing it.)

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The Origin

Although the stone bridge is solid, knocking to make sure its safety before crossing.

Its meaning

Ishibashi – a stone bridge

Tataku – to knock

Wataru – to cross

The is an example of being very couscous.

The opposite of this saying is that 危ない橋を渡る – abunai hashi o wataru (Cross the dangerous bridge) means to take a risk.

 Knocking a stone bridge before crossing it. Hear twice before you speak once


Omoitsuki de ugoku oto san ni kurabete, oka san wa ishibash o tataite wataru hitoda. Iza to iutoki wa oka san ga tayorini naru..

My father takes action without thinking much, but my mother is a person who knock a stone bridge before crossing. When it comes to the crunch I can reply on my mother.


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