Japanese Sayings/Phrases/Proverb・ – Kotowaza [ことわざ] – Uo gokoro areba mizu gokoro

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

魚心あれば水心I Uo gokoro areba mizu gokoro

Uo – fish

Mizu – water

Kokoro/gokoro – heart

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If you have a fish heart, you have a water heart

The origin

If a fish wishes that he wants to live in water, then water responses to it and try to become a comfortable nice water.

Its meaning

If you try to get along with other person then other person also try to get along with you.

How to use it

私は小さいいとこのお守り役だ。その間に、おばさんは買い物をする。魚心あれば水心というが、おばさんはお年玉を多めにくれた。

Watashi wa chiisai itoko no omamori yaku da. sono aida ni, oba san ha kamono o suru. Uo gokoro areba mizu gokoro to iuga, oba san ha otoshidama o oomeni kureta.

I am taking care of my little cousin. In a meantime, my auntie go to shopping. It has been said that if you have a fish heart, you have a water heart. My auntie gave me more money than I thought.

My thought

I have experienced many times that when I treat nice and respect and appreciate then other person also do the same to me. If we disrespect other then other also disrespect you. What goes around comes around.

arigato

About mkchatinjapanese

I am a native Japanese who teaches Japanese to non-Japanese speaker as a private tutor. Teach from a beginner to Intermediate level. location in London.
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2 Responses to Japanese Sayings/Phrases/Proverb・ – Kotowaza [ことわざ] – Uo gokoro areba mizu gokoro

  1. I like the meaning behind this saying.

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