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Uchi Benkei (内弁慶 – A Lion at Home and a Mouse Abroad)

  • Uchi Benkei


    A person who is strong and domineering inside the house, but cowardly outside, is called uchi Benkei (内弁慶) in Japanese.

    Uchi (内) means “inside.”
    「内」は “inside” を意味します。

    In addition, Benkei (弁慶) refers to Musashibo Benkei (武蔵坊弁慶), a monk in the late Heian period (around the 12th century). He had a large body and monstrous strength, and his name is used as a synonym for a strong man.

    That is to say, uchi Benkei means a person who is strong like Musashibo Benkei only inside the house.

    In English, it can be expressed as “(a man who is) a lion at home and a mouse abroad.”
    英語では “a lion at home and a mouse abroad”(家ではライオン、外ではネズミ)のように表現されます。

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