鶴は千年亀は万年

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
つる
Grade: S
せん
Grade: 1
ねん
Grade: 1
かめ
Grade: S
まん
Grade: 2
ねん
Grade: 1
kun’yomi goon kun’yomi kan’yōon goon
Alternative spelling
鶴は千年龜は萬年 (kyūjitai)

Etymology[edit]

Literally “a crane lives for a thousand years, a tortoise ten thousand years”.

The first part of the proverb, tsuru wa sennen, is an allusion to a passage in the Huainanzi,[1][2] a calque of Literary Chinese 鶴壽千歲.

Proverb[edit]

(つる)(せん)(ねん)(かめ)(まん)(ねん) (tsuru wa sennen kame wa mannen

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Shōgaku Tosho (1988) 国語大辞典(新装版) [Unabridged Dictionary of Japanese (Revised Edition)] (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, →ISBN
  2. ^ Matsumura, Akira (1995) 大辞泉 [Daijisen] (in Japanese), First edition, Tokyo: Shogakukan, →ISBN