華を去り実に就く

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: S Grade: 3 Grade: 3 Grade: 6

Etymology[edit]

Literally, taking the fruit and leaving the flower.

Verb[edit]

華を去り実に就く (godan conjugation, hiragana かをさりじつにつく, romaji ka o sari jitsu ni tsuku)

  1. (idiomatic) Avoiding vanity or a showy appearance in oneself or in objects, such as by wearing plain clothes rather than gaudy clothes or driving a practical car rather than a sports car. Simplicity over vanity.