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Atama Kakushite Shiri Kakusazu

  • Today, I will talk about the Japanese proverb “Atama kakushite shiri kakusazu,” the literal meaning of which is “One hides the head, but doesn’t hide the ass.”


    This proverb expresses that although someone hides some parts (head) of his/her disadvantages or crimes, other parts (ass) aren’t hidden.

    Basically, it’s used when you ridicule people who believe that all things will be invisible by hiding only the part.

    Also, the etymology of the proverb comes from a behavior of pheasants.

    When pheasants are chased by people or other animals, they will hide by diving their heads into the grass, but their tails can be seen clearly.

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