Mi wo Musubu (実を結ぶ – Bearing Fruit)

  • Mi wo Musubu


    When efforts lead to good results, it can be expressed as mi wo musubu (実を結ぶ) in Japanese.

    Since mi (実) means “fruit,” and musubu (結ぶ) usually means “to tie,” but here it means “to bear.”
    「実」は “fruit”、「結ぶ」は “to tie” を意味することが多いですが、ここでは「植物の実がなる」を意味します。

    That is to say, the literal meaning of mi wo musubu is “to bear fruit.”
    すなわち「実を結ぶ」の文字どおりの意味は “to bear fruit” です。

    If you grow a plant, and it bears a fruit, that is definitely a good result.

    Because of this, mi wo musubu came to have the above meaning.

    Of course, it can also be used to mean its “literal” meaning.

    Interestingly, the English idiom “bear fruit” means “yield positive results” too.

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