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2018 drawer

Postby chonchon » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:21 am

Out in a snowstorm today on a Netsuke hunt. Gasoline/petrol was low and the news being full of dire weather warnings and accidents, found myself wondering if I should not be home in front of the fire. Still, they do say that 早起きは三文の得(徳)です。 (Haya Oki wa San Mon no Toku desu.)
Haya-oki describes the act of getting up early
三文 3 Mon = three copper coins of the Edo Period.
Toku is a gain or extra advantage of some kind.

What would be the closest proverb in English?

Has anyone started a box or drawer with a '2018 finds' sticker? 8-)
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Re: 2018 drawer

Postby tanukisan » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:06 pm

chonchon wrote: What would be the closest proverb in English?


How about 'The early bird catches the worm' ?

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Re: 2018 drawer

Postby chonchon » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:17 pm

Haha John, spot on! :)
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Re: 2018 drawer

Postby jbjtennyo » Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:32 pm

I was going to say that John, but you beat me to it! Close would be the "squeaky wheel gets the grease!" ( although that one is more like taking a stand, and getting things done!) but close!
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Re: 2018 drawer

Postby Operafan » Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:03 am

Oh well, early in 2018 I did not manage to catch a worm as yet...

For the time being, a toad and a tiger to open the new drawer:

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Re: 2018 drawer

Postby chonchon » Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:42 am

Wow, Alex, very nice. You have come out with all guns blazing! (And such a gorgeous broken sandal!)

Judy, I like your proverb about the squeaky wheel. It implies movement, and brings up scenes of covered wagons reaching westward.
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Re: 2018 drawer

Postby AFNetsuke » Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:02 am

Alex, your life-like Masanao toad should be able to catch that worm! Great tiger too.
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Re: 2018 drawer

Postby chonchon » Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:05 am

The early frog catches the worm! Very good, Alan. And agreed about both the frog and the tiger.

M in the MCI says Ranichi was known for fine hair/fur work.
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Re: 2018 drawer

Postby Clive » Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:40 am

It has long been said that the early bird catches the worm but studies into bird feeding strategies have actually found that many birds may get up early to find the worm.. but will often only eat the worm much later in the day. Small birds needing to be lithe and nimble during the morning to avoid predators but need the fat boost to help them survive through the night. I think there's a lesson in there for some netsuke collectors.. perhps best expressed using another saying.. the early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese...

but remember.. if you're the early bird that got the worm.. that might just be because the night owl drank all of the tequila. :D ;)

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Re: 2018 drawer

Postby chonchon » Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:44 am

Clive, interesting bird facts, thanks, but the second mouse might be fussy about your proffered cheese... hard and nibbly might be best.

Ah, right, so that's where all the tequila went! :lol:
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