舟に刻みて剣を求む

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Grade: S Grade: 6 Grade: S Grade: 4

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舟に刻みて剣を求む (ふねにきざみてけんをもとむ, fune ni kizamite ken wo motomu)

  1. Foolish it is to ignore that times are changing. Lit. It is pointless to carve a mark on ship where a sword was dropped into the sea, in the hope of finding the sword later near that carving.

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