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Time and Tide Wait for No Man

Japan kouinya no goto shi
Time and Tide Wait for No Man Vertical Wall Scroll

This Japanese proverb means, "time flies like an arrow." It's very similar to the English idiom, "time and tide wait for no man," or "life is short."

The Kanji breakdown:
光陰 = Time (the cycle of light and dark).
[and an]
矢 = Arrow
の = are
如し = Alike

Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Time and Tide Wait for No Man

China suì bù wǒ yǔ
Time and Tide Wait for No Man Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb means is a way to express, "Time and tide wait for no man."

The literal meaning of these Chinese characters is, "Years don't [for] oneself wait." In more natural English, it's more like, "Years will pass by, with or without you."

There is also an alternate version, 时不我待, which literally means, "Time doesn't [for] oneself, wait." In natural English, it's more like, "Time waits for no man."

Time Waits For No One

Japan sai getsu hito o ma ta zu
Time Waits For No One Vertical Wall Scroll

This Japanese idiom "Saigetsu hito o matazu" which means, "Time waits for no-one."

Another way to put it, "Time and tide stay for no man."

Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

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Mandarin suì bù wǒ yǔ / sui4 bu4 wo3 yu3
Taiwan sui pu wo yü
Chinese Time and tide wait for no man (idiom)


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Japanese kouinyanogotoshi / koinyanogotoshi / こういんやのごとし Japanese (expression) time flies like an arrow; time and tide wait for no man; life is short


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Japanese saigetsuhitoomatazu / さいげつひとをまたず
Time Waits For No One Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (expression) (proverb) Time waits for no-one; Time and tide stay for no man

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Mandarin/ xi1
Taiwan hsi
Japanese ushio / うしお
Chinese night tides; evening ebbtide; Taiwan pr. [xi4]
Japanese (1) tide; current; (2) salt water; (3) opportunity; (surname) Seki; (personal name) Jaku; (surname) Shiozaki; (surname) Shiosaki; (surname, female given name) Shio; (female given name) Shi-ta; (female given name) Ushio

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Mandarin cháo / chao2
Taiwan ch`ao / chao
Japanese ushio / うしお
Chinese tide; current; damp; moist; humid
Japanese (1) tide; current; (2) salt water; (3) opportunity; (given name) Chou; (surname) Shou; (surname, female given name) Shiho; (surname) Shiori; (surname) Shiozaki; (surname) Shiosaki; (female given name) Shioi; (surname, female given name) Shio; (p,s,f) Ushio
The tide; tidal; damp; moisture

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Mandarin luò // lào // là / luo4 // lao4 // la4
Taiwan lo // lao // la
Japanese ochi / おち
Chinese to fall or drop; (of the sun) to set; (of a tide) to go out; to lower; to decline or sink; to lag or fall behind; to fall onto; to rest with; to get or receive; to write down; whereabouts; settlement; see 落枕[lao4 zhen3] and 落炕[lao4 kang4]; to leave out; to be missing; to leave behind or forget to bring; to lag or fall behind
Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (1) slip; omission; (2) outcome; final result; the end; (3) (kana only) punch line (of a joke); (surname) Raku; (surname) Takaochi; (surname) Ochi
Falling leaves: to fall, drop, descend, settle; translit. la, na.


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Japanese nakashio / なかしお Japanese half tide (e.g. midway between spring and neap tides); (surname) Nakashio


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Mandarin chéng cháo / cheng2 chao2
Taiwan ch`eng ch`ao / cheng chao
Japanese jōchō
To take advantage of the tide; to ride the tide



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Mandarin gān cháo / gan1 chao2
Taiwan kan ch`ao / kan chao
Chinese low tide; low water
Japanese See: 干潮


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Mandarin rén cháo / ren2 chao2
Taiwan jen ch`ao / jen chao
Chinese a tide of people


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Mandarin dī cháo / di1 chao2
Taiwan ti ch`ao / ti chao
Japanese teichou / techo / ていちょう
Chinese low tide; low ebb
Japanese (See 高潮・こうちょう・1) low tide; low water



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Mandarin lái cháo / lai2 chao2
Taiwan lai ch`ao / lai chao
Chinese (of water) to rise; rising tide; (of women) to get one's period


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Mandarin dào guàn / dao4 guan4
Taiwan tao kuan
Chinese to flow backwards (of water, because of flood, tide, wind etc); reverse flow; to back up (sewage)


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Japanese mitsu / みつ Japanese (v5t,vi) (1) to be full; (2) to wax (e.g. moon); (3) to rise (e.g. tide); (4) to mature; to expire


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Japanese irihama / いりはま Japanese naturally flooded salt farm below the high-tide mark; (surname) Irihama


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Japanese deshio / でしお Japanese high tide; (surname) Izushio


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Mandarin huí tiān / hui2 tian1
Taiwan hui t`ien / hui tien
Japanese kaiten / かいてん
Chinese lit. to reverse the rotation of the sky; fig. to reverse a desperate situation
Japanese (1) changing the world; turning the tide; (2) torpedo modified as a suicide weapon (used in WWII)


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Japanese yuushio / yushio / ゆうしお Japanese evening tide


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Japanese yuushio / yushio / ゆうしお Japanese evening tide; (female given name) Yuushio


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Mandarin dà cháo / da4 chao2
Taiwan ta ch`ao / ta chao
Japanese ooshio / おおしお
Chinese spring tide; (fig.) momentous social change
Japanese (See 小潮) spring tide; (given name) Daichou; (surname) Oojio; (place-name, surname) Ooshio


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Mandarin xiǎo cháo / xiao3 chao2
Taiwan hsiao ch`ao / hsiao chao
Japanese koshio / こしお
Chinese neap tide (the smallest tide, when moon is at first or third quarter)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (See 大潮) neap tide; (place-name) Koshio


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Japanese kanchou;hishio / kancho;hishio / かんちょう;ひしお Japanese (See 満潮・まんちょう) low tide; low water; ebb


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Japanese kaiten / かいてん Japanese (1) changing the world; turning the tide; (2) torpedo modified as a suicide weapon (used in WWII)


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Japanese hikishio / ひきしお Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) ebb tide


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Japanese hikishio / ひきしお Japanese ebb tide


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Mandarin nù cháo / nu4 chao2
Taiwan nu ch`ao / nu chao
Chinese (tidal) bore; raging tide


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Mandarin sī cháo / si1 chao2
Taiwan ssu ch`ao / ssu chao
Japanese shichou / shicho / しちょう
Chinese tide of thought; way of thinking characteristic of a historical period; Zeitgeist
Japanese trend of thought


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Japanese agehama / あげはま Japanese (1) artificially flooded salt farm above the high-tide mark; (2) captured pieces (in the game of go); captured stones



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Mandarin shí yùn / shi2 yun4
Taiwan shih yün
Japanese jiun / じうん
Chinese circumstances; fate
Japanese tide of the times


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Japanese asashio / あさしお Japanese morning tide; (surname) Asashio

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Time and Tide Wait for No Man光陰矢の如し
kouinya no goto shi
koinya no goto shi
Time and Tide Wait for No Man歲不我與
suì bù wǒ yǔ
sui4 bu4 wo3 yu3
sui bu wo yu
sui pu wo yü
Time Waits For No One歳月人を待たずsai getsu hito o ma ta zu
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