As the launch of Shig Sato Book 4 Cat’s Meow on Nov. 24 approaches, here is Day 2 of Seven Days of Shig.
Expressions and Idioms
Some Shig Sato Mystery readers have noticed that I write dialogue a certain way. It’s to imitate, as closely as I can, Japanese speech patterns. But in case you want to know some of phrases yourself, you can try these. Some of the expressions and idioms are so unique to Japan, I can’t use them without confusing the reader or explaining what they mean.
(The following is thanks to Matador Network, Language Learning)
“One’s act, one’s profit.”
Equivalent to “you reap what you sow,” this one rings way more timelessly as few are sowing these days.
“Ten men, ten colors.”
Aka, “different strokes for different folks” — I prefer the image of colors to the image of folks getting stroked.
“Wake from death and return to life.”
Meaning “to turn a bad or desperate situation into a success,” this truly underscores just how dire some bad situations feel sometimes.
“Pulling water to my own rice paddy.”
“Doing or saying things for one’s own benefit.” While totally regionally charged, I feel like dropping this one would give you an air of well-traveled-ness.
“Evil cause, evil effect.”
Another “you reap what you sow,” this one is a tad more specific, and almost suggests a karmic outcome.
“Not seeing is a flower.”
I love the fact that the Japanese use “flower” to describe imagination, beauty, and sometimes pointlessness. In this case, “reality cannot compete with imagination.”
“The weak are meat; the strong eat.”
“Survival of the fittest” — I like eating meat so this was always going to appeal to me, and it rhymes.
“Ocean thousand mountain thousand.”
A reference to a “sly old fox,” someone who has been through everything and seen everything and can therefore handle any situation, usually through cunning. A thousand oceans, a thousand mountains, an ultimate badass.
“Drunken life, dreamy death.”
Meaning to dream one’s life away, or spending all one’s time dreaming without accomplishing anything significant…at least this one seems to make light of the situation.
“One life, one encounter.”
Every encounter is a once-in-a-lifetime encounter — this really underscores how many first-and-only-time things happen in the day-to-day.
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See you tomorrow!
Cat’s Meow is Book 4 in the Shig Sato Mystery Series will be release November 24 and is available for pre-order. Order now and receive it on the 24th – or, after the 24th, right away! Be sure to note the 99c Launch Special – the price goes up December 1. So don’t miss out! Place your order today and get your copy on November 24 – Black Friday – just in time for you holiday weekend escape. Just click. And don’t forget: if you’re reading this on your cell phone or tablet, keep scrolling down. You’ll find all of the Shig Sato Mysteries down there. If you’re reading this on your home computer, you’ll find them on the right. And if you haven’t signed up for the Shig Sato newsletter, you can do that here. Once in a while I share what’s happening with Shig, offer great deals in mysteries and thrillers from my author friends, and announce when the next special will come along. Don’t miss out. Just click here to enter the World of Shig Sato.