光陰矢の如し

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
こう
Grade: 2
いん
Grade: S

Grade: 2
ごと
Grade: S
on’yomi kun’yomi

Etymology[edit]

From 但見時光流似箭 ("surely time and tide flow like an arrow"), as versed by Wei Zhuang (Tang Dynasty, c. 836-910) in his poem 《關河道中》:

柳市驛樓夕陽
往來千里聚散不同
時光天道
平生志業滄浪釣翁
[Classical Chinese, trad.]
柳市驿楼夕阳
往来千里聚散不同
时光天道
平生志业沧浪钓翁
[Classical Chinese, simp.]
Huái mò chán shēng liǔshì fēng, yìlóu gāo yǐ xīyáng dōng.
Wǎnglái qiānlǐ lù cháng zài, jùsàn shí nián rén bùtóng.
Dàn jiàn shíguāng liú sì jiàn, qǐ zhī tiāndào qū rú gōng.
Píngshēng zhìyè kuāng Yáo Shùn, yòu nǐ cānglàng xué diàowēng.
[Pinyin]
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Compare Chinese 光陰似箭光阴似箭 (guāng yīn sì jiàn).

Proverb[edit]

(こう)(いん)()(ごと) (kōin ya no gotoshi

  1. time flies like an arrow; time and tide wait for no man; life is short
    Synonym: うかうか三十きょろきょろ四十