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101 Japanese Idioms: 1-25

The first 25 idioms from the book '101 Japanese Idioms' (http://www.amazon.com/Listen-Learn-101-Japanese-Idioms/dp/0844284963)
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Covering all the bases, informally securing prior approval, checking with everyone who counts before formal presentation
根回し
Maturity brings humility and respect for others
実る程頭の下がる稲穂かな
Perseverence pays off, patience is a virtue
転がる石に苔むさず
A drop in the ocean, completely ineffective
焼け石に水
Choose secure & solid protection
寄らば大樹の陰
Small but powerful, a mighty mite
山椒は小粒でも(ぴりりと)辛い
Adversity builds character, the more challenges met, the stronger one or a relationship becomes
雨降って地固まる
Honest, frank, decisive, a straight-shooter
竹を割ったよう
Groundless, unsubstantiated
根も葉もない
So quiet you could hear a pin drop, dead silence
水の打ったよう
A rumour, a story without source
風の便り
Wishful thinking, impossible dream
雲をつかむよう
Ingratiating oneself, overtly flattering, sucking up to one's superiors
ごますり
Some things are better left unsaid, silence is golden
言わぬが花
All for nothing, efforts in vain
水の泡
The practical is preferred over the aesthetic
花より団子
To forgive and forget, to let bygones be bygones
水に流す
No matter what, under any circumstances
雨が降ろうと槍が降ろうと
Entertainment business, a chancy trade
水商売
So crowded you can hardly turn, jam-packed with people (water related scenes)
芋(の子)を洗うよう
Unrealizable desire, an unobtainable object, something out of one's reach
高嶺の花
A shrill, a plant, someone hired to laugh at plays etc
さくら
Life often brings misfortunes at the time of great happiness
花に嵐
An unexpected departure, a surprise, a sudden happening
足もとから鳥が立つ
Two peas in a pod, Tweedledum & Tweedledee
瓜二つ