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Kōya no Asatte (紺屋の明後日 – One of These Days Is None of These Days)

  • Kōya no Asatte


    The Japanese phrase kōya no asatte (紺屋の明後日) can be used to describe that the promised due date is unreliable.

    Kōya (紺屋) was used in the Edo period to refer to a dyer.

    In addition, asatte (明後日) means “the day after tomorrow,” so the literal meaning of kōya no asatte is “the day after tomorrow of a dyer.”
    また、「明後日」は “the day after tomorrow” を意味するので、「紺屋の明後日」の文字どおりの意味は “the day after tomorrow of a dyer” となります。

    Since a dyer’s work was greatly affected by the weather in the process of drying cloth, their completion dates were often delayed.

    Therefore, when the dyer mentioned “the day after tomorrow,” it came to be regarded as unreliable, which led to the current meaning of this phrase.

    Original sentence