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Hardships and Joys

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This Japanese proverb speaks of the "hardships and joys" of life.

Some other translations include:
Tasting the sweets and bitters of life.
Being well-versed in the ways of the world (having seen much of life).

辛酸甘苦 is the Japanese "for better or worse", when speaking of life.

Through the Ups and Downs of Life

tóng gān gòng kǔ
Through the Ups and Downs of Life Scroll

This Chinese proverb talks of "shared delights and common hardships".

This can be translated and understood a few different ways, including:
To share life's joys and sorrows.
For better or for worse.
Through joys and sorrows of life.
Through all life ups and downs.
To go through thick and thin.
To stick together through thick and thin.
To share joys and sorrows of life.
To share pleasures and pains.
To partake in each other's joys and sorrows.
To take "for better or for worse".

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Hardships and Joys辛酸甘苦shinsankanku
Through the Ups and Downs of Life同甘共苦tóng gān gòng kǔ
tong2 gan1 gong4 ku3
tong gan gong ku
t`ung kan kung k`u
tung kan kung ku

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tóng gān gòng kǔ
    tong2 gan1 gong4 ku3
t`ung kan kung k`u
    tung kan kung ku
Through the Ups and Downs of Life Scroll
shared delights and common hardships (idiom); to share life's joys and sorrows; for better or for worse


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Through the Ups and Downs of Life Scroll
(yoji) hardships and joys; tasting the sweets and bitters of life; (having seen much of life) being well-versed in the ways of the world


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gān kǔ
    gan1 ku3
kan k`u
    kan ku
good times and hardships; joys and tribulations; for better or for worse
sweetness and bitterness; joys and sorrows

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