“the nail that sticks out gets hammered” is an old japanese saying, and is one of the most famous japanese proverbs i personally liked this quote a lot as it is a pretty sensible and logical one but i have a conflict with this saying as well and that is what i will try to pen down in this article. Literally: the stake that sticks up gets hammered down meaning: if you stand out, you will be subject to criticism 知らぬが仏。 shiranu ga hotoke literally: not knowing is buddha meaning: ignorance is bliss / what you don't know can't hurt you 見ぬが花。 minu ga hana literally: not seeing is a flower.
The nail that sticks out in ikiru does not get hammered down and the protagonist does not lose in fact, stating that the protagonist loses is a prime example of not getting it in the same way as the civil servants in the film don't get it. The nail that sticks out will be hammered down mayumi was a young vibrant woman stuck in a traditional japanese family she came to english classes every day every day she went from a total beginner in english to a mature sounding conversationalist within about a year.
A nail gets hot when hammered because of all the force the hammer, or other tool in which is pounding it in, what does 'the nail that sticks out must be pounded flat' mean. English equivalent: the nail that sticks out gets hammered down roku okada, japanese proverbs and proverbial phrases , japan travel bureau, tokyo 1955, page 28 艱難にあって初めて真友を知る.
In australia, we call it ‘tall poppy syndrome’ in japan, we say deru kugi ha utareru – 'the nail that sticks out gets hammered down' although slightly different, both are expressions that.
There’s some truth in “the nail that sticks out gets hammered down,” but i also feel like it’s often the literary equivalent of dropping the mic at the end of a speech and walking away it’s a very convenient phrase to use, but it can also be pretty damn reductive don’t build your view of japan on sayings alone.
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