風林火山

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Etymology[edit]

A contraction of the slogan on daimyō Takeda Shingen's army banner, 「疾如、徐如、侵掠如、不動如, originally from Sun Tzu's The Art of War

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Noun[edit]

風林火山(ふうりんかざん) (fūrinkazan (historical kana ふうりんくわざん)

  1. (military) "wind-forest-fire-mountain", a military strategy that's based on the premise of being "as swift as the wind, as silent as the forest, as fierce as the fire, as firm as the mountain"