Japanese Sayings/Phrases/Proverb・ – Kotowaza [ことわざ] – Obi ni mijikashi Tasuki ni nagashi

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

帯に短し、たすきに長し Obini mijikashi Tasuki ni nagashi

Obi – a belt for kimono

Tasuki – a string that use to tie up Kimono’s sleeve

It’s good for neither this nor that.

Its origin

Too short for a belt, too long for a sleeve, it is useless.

Its meaning

This means it is half-assed and useless.

An example

The sweater my mum knitted is obi ni mijikashi tasuki ni nagashi. It does not fit neither my sister nor myself. It is pity but we decided to give it to my cousin. .


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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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