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Yanagi ni Kaze (柳に風 – Warding Off)

  • Yanagi ni Kaze


    People who do not oppose others and smoothly ward things off are sometimes described as yanagi ni kaze (柳に風).

    Since yanagi (柳) means “willow,” and kaze (風) means “wind,” the literal meaning of yanagi ni kaze is “wind against willows.”
    「柳」は “”、「風」は “” を意味するので、「柳に風」の文字どおりの意味は “” となります。

    Willows have long, thin, drooping branches and leaves, and even when a strong wind blows, they sway flexibly and let the wind pass through.

    This nature of the willow has given yanagi ni kaze its current meaning.

    This idiom is sometimes cited as life’s tips for navigating difficulties well.

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