The loser is the winner? ~Introducing Japanese Proverbs, Kotowaza vol.6

Japanese proverbs vol.6

Minasan Ohayō gozaimasu!
Can you guess what does “The loser is the winner” mean?

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I’ll show you 5 Japanese proverbs in this blog. Let’s get started!

Introducing 5 Japanese proverbs, vol.6 Video


(あすには あすの かぜがふく)

Romaji: asu niwa asu no kaze ga fuku

Word: asu (明日)= tomorrow,   kaze (風)=wind,   fuku (吹く)=blow

Direct translation: Tomorrow, will be blow the tomorrow’s wind

Equivalent English expressions: Tomorrow is another day, Start tomorrow with a clean slate

Example: What a day!, So sorry about you. But don’t worry, be happy! “asu niwa asu no kaze ga fuku” dayo. 



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Romaji: ron yori shōko

Word: ron (論)= logic,  shōko (証拠) =evidence

Direct translation: Evidence rather than logic

Equivalent English expressions: Example is better than precept.   The proof of the pudding is in the eating

Example: Don’t excuse! Show me the proof! “ron yori shōko” desu yo.


(まけるが かち)

Romaji: makeru ga kachi

Word: makeru (負ける)= lose,   kachi (勝ち)=win

Direct translation: The one who lose is the winner

Equivalent English expressions: Win by losing.  The one who is not afraid of losing is the winner.  Winners are not afraid of losing

Example: This time, I lost on purpose to see the other party’s weak points. Because I know I can win next time! “makeru ga kachi” dane.


(おわりよければ すべてよし)

Romaji: owari yokereba subete yoshi

Word: owari (終わり)= end,   yokereba (良ければ)= if it’s good,   subete (全て) =all,   yoshi (良し)← yoi(良い)=good

Direct translation: All is good if the end is good

Equivalent English expressions: All is well that ends well.  The end crowns all.

Example: The middle part wasn’t really good as everyone is tired. But the ending was great and everyone looked happy. Good! Yokatta! “owari yokereba subete yoshi” dane.


(へたな てっぽうも かずうちゃあたる)

Romaji: heta na teppō mo kazuucha ataru

Word: heta (下手)=poor,   teppō (鉄砲)=gun 

Direct translation: Even a poor gun will hit the target with a number of shots. He who shoots often hits at last.

Meaning: Even you’re not good at it, try many times and it will hit in the end.

Example: I know you’re not good at it. Why don’t you try many times then? “heta na teppō mo kazuucha ataru” dayo.


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* If you wonder what are “dane”, “dayo”, desu yo” – ending particles, you way want to watch these two videos 🙂

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