Japanese Sayings/Phrases/Proverb・ – Kotowaza [ことわざ] – En No Shita No Chikara Mochi

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

縁の下の力持ち En no shita no chikara mochi

En no shita – under the porch/in background.

En – engawa.

An engawa or en is an edging strip of non-tatami-matted flooring in Japanese architecture, usually wood or bamboo


Chikara – a power

He is an unsung hero

Its origin

A stone under a porch supports a pillar even if it is out of sight.

Its meaning

Working behind a scene for somebody. Or a person who is working behind a scene.


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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