Saturday, April 05, 2014


--- 江戸のことわざ

This is an Edo-folk saying in the Edo Period (1603-1867). Edo (now, Tokyo) was the Capital of Japan in Tokugawa’s time, where the lower-class citizen in the Edo caste, frank, good-natured & relaxing other people, developed a unique folk culture.  They insisted that monsters & insensitive people couldn’t exist in the great city of 808 streets, but in the country beyond Hakoné, a border town of Edo, where there was a sekisho (passport check-point) in that age,


Proverb Data

word-for-word translation
Insensitive people and monsters are beyond Hakoné.

free translation
There are no insensitive people and no monsters in Edo.

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