Even Dust…

I have been lazy. Posting here isn’t much of an effort, but I do have ways of finding excuses.

This post continues looking at a few famous Japanese proverbs found in Karuta card sets.  Today’s makes a mountain out of a molehill, but in a good way:


chiri mo tsumoreba yama to naru
Even dust, when accumulated, becomes a mountain

ちり means dust and も here means ‘also’ or ‘even.’  So ちりも means ‘even dust.’

積もれば is ‘if accumulated’ from 積もる meaning, ‘to pile up’ or ‘to accumulate.’

山 is a mountain.

となる becomes (a mountain).  The と after 山 tells us it is a mountain that is becoming (なる)

This proverb is used to discourage discouragement.  Don’t give up!  Every little bit helps; A penny saved is a penny earned and all that.


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