A proverb or saying is an epitome of our predecessors' wisdom analogized to culturally distinctive things such as animals, plants, foods, customs and so on, often laced with a bit of humor, irony, and love. Here, you can find many interesting Japanese proverbs and cliches, with their literal and practical meanings, phrasal anatomy and pronunciation.
Arranged by MeaningClick the following titles to find the corresponding Japanese proverb.
Each expression has a link to a text-to-speech sample. But please disregard the text shown on the linked page. The Japanese text is tweaked to produce more natural-sounding voice, and the corresponding translation may be wrong (since it's a machine translation). You can also use this site (You need to input the text).