As regular readers of Pan-Pacific Bricks and VignetteBricks already know, Izzo has been posting LEGO vignettes based on Japanese proverbs. So far, Izzo has posted 30 vignettes on his Web site and in two Brickshelf galleries. I’ve translated the first twenty, and am genuinely looking forward to the next thirty. How do I know there are going to be thirty more? Izzo is posting the proverb vignettes in hiragana order, and there are approximately fifty hiragana characters.
So let’s get started with the next ten, shall we? :-)
Japanese: A bee to a crying face.
English: Misfortunes never come alone. / When it rains, it pours.
Japanese/English: He who runs after two hares will catch neither.
Japanese: Millet with wet hands.
English:Like taking candy from a baby. / Easy money.
Japanese: Wearing a cat.
English: A wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Japanese/English: There’s luck in leftovers. (“Luck” sounds the same as “clothing,” so there’s a pun in this one as well.)
Japanese: Dumplings rather than flowers.
English: Function before form. / Better fill a man’s belly than his eye.
Japanese: Beauty and luck seldom go together.
English: The fairest flowers soonest fade.
Japanese/English: Candle in the wind. (To have one’s life hang by a thread.)
Japanese/English: He that shoots oft, at last shall hit the mark.
Japanese: If you’re in love, travelling a thousand miles seems like only one mile.
English: Absence makes the heart grow fonder.