“the frog in the well knows not of the great ocean”




(i no naka no kawazu, taikai o shirazu)

Explanation: This proverb is a metaphor for being mentally trapped by a narrow understanding of things.

Note: kawazu is the old way to say “frog”, in modern Japanese they are called kaeru


1 frogs


foto: frogs on window of music room in raleigh nsw aust 2013

Night calls, frogs, not sleeping


It was spring and full moon and I thought

I heard voices in the night but

It was only the frogs singing about

the river and the spring and the moon

So I listened to their watery voices and felt gladdened

they had something to say


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