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Yakeishi ni Mizu

  • Today, I will talk about the Japanese proverb “yakeishi ni mizu.”


    The literal meaning is “water to a burnt stone,” and it expresses that any effect cannot be expected if your effort or help is a little bit.

    The derivation is very simple: it’s because if you put a little water on a burnt stone, the water will evaporate quickly.

    There is another proverb that has the similar meaning, “nikai kara megusuri,” whose literal meaning is “eye-drops from a second-floor.”

    This proverb also means “it’s frustrating that things don’t work out smoothly,” in addition to “any effect cannot be expected.”

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