花より団子

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
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Proverb[edit]

より団子 (hiragana はなよりだんご, romaji hana yori dango)

  1. (idiomatic): "dango instead of flowers", substance over form → indicating a preference for the practical over the purely aesthetic, preferring dango (which are tasty and nutritious) rather than flowers (which are merely decorative)

Usage notes[edit]

Although this is a well-known metaphor, it is often used literally and in puns without directly signifying the metaphoric meaning.