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comment Before enlightenment, chop wood carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood carry water
Clear enough for me. Seems to be a case of 'when we say it originates from traditional Zen, people will believe it is.' That's not to say that the saying couldn't be of worth, though.
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accepted Before enlightenment, chop wood carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood carry water
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asked Before enlightenment, chop wood carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood carry water
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comment How to write “Aikido Wa Ichiban Budo Desu”
Just went with 一番武道 because of the phonetic transcription. Didn't know that was valid...copy writingy Japanese. Thanks for the info :)
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comment How to write “Aikido Wa Ichiban Budo Desu”
@p.marino: Ichiban is a very loosely translated word and can mean a lot of things. Literally it means 'number one' (like niban is 'number two', etc.), but that could be the number one of anything (your favorite, the slowest, the ugliest, etc.) 'First and foremost' could be translated something like 何よりも, but your transcription doesn't say that. Where did you get it from, if you don't mind me asking?
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comment What does イケメン mean?
I'll go to the library this week and check that book again. If it turns out I copied the sentence wrongly, I'll put up a question :)
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answered How to write “Aikido Wa Ichiban Budo Desu”
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comment What does イケメン mean?
I got this sentence from a native Japanese book (from a library, don't have the exact title here), which would make it a bit unlikely that it's incorrect. Though, don't get me wrong, I'm not fluent in Japanese by all means, (or perhaps I made a mistake in copying). The original sentence (stripped it down for the example): 僕はこのプロットを結構イケてると思うんです。 だ seems unnecessary, イケてる can function as a verb (jisho.org), the use of the を particle seems slightly off to me too. If any more advanced users would like to comment on this, I'd be glad to edit :)
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