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Kotowaza Gone Wrong

Kotowaza are Japanese sayings / proverbs / expressions.

I expected an idle search for 'kotowaza' on the Japanese Yahoo Auction site in Nov 2008 to turn up the usual results - books of sayings, childrens card games with traditional Japanese proverbs etc. But the search turned up some strange results: stickers with foreign (English) proverbs.

Some sayings were fairly standard:


... and other sayings made sense, but were accompanied by pictures with no straightforward connection to the saying:

What will be, will be

... and other sayings suffered slightly in the wording:


... and if I recall my logic lessons correctly, these two stickers:

(No fire implies no smoke)
(Smoke implies fire)

... are logically equivalent.

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