Japanese Sayings/Phrases/Proverb・ – Kotowaza [ことわざ] – Oni no me nimo namida

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

鬼の目にも涙 Oni no me nimo naamida

Oni – a deman

Namida – tears

Even the hard-hearted can be moved to tears

Its origin

Even a cruel demon cries.

Its meaning

Even a person who is not caring usually, he/she sometimes becomes caring person.

An example

My teacher is well-known as a strict teacher at my school. But when my class won a choir competition he cried over the joy. Oni no me nimo namida da.


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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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