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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


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光陰矢の如し

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Japanese kouinyanogotoshi / koinyanogotoshi / こういんやのごとし
Time and Tide Wait for No Man Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (expression) time flies like an arrow; time and tide wait for no man; life is short

光陰矢のごとし;光陰矢の如し

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

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Time and Tide Wait for No Man Vertical Wall Scroll
Time and Tide Wait for No Man Vertical Wall Scroll
Time and Tide Wait for No Man Vertical Wall Scroll
Time and Tide Wait for No Man Vertical Wall Scroll


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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)
Time and Tide Wait for No Man光陰矢の如し
光阴矢の如し
kouinya no goto shi
kouinyanogotoshi
koinya no goto shi
koinyanogotoshi
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