人生五訓 (jinseigokun) – 5 Life Lessons

Read from right to left:

人生五訓 – jinseigokun (5 life lessons):

あせるな (焦るな) – aseruna (Don’t be impatient),

おこるな (怒るな) – okoruna (Don’t get angry),

いばるな (威張るな) – ibaruna (Don’t be arrogant),

くさるな (腐るな) – kusaruna (Don’t be corrupt), and

おこたるな (怠るな) – okotaruna (Don’t be negligent).

The version I saw, though, in a teacup in a Japanese restaurant no less, had replaced the final line with the one below:

まけるな (負けるな) – makeruna (Don’t surrender, literally don’t lose).

Nevertheless, to me it speaks of a few things that the Japanese mindset emphasizes: moderation, self-improvement and putting others above self.

Things that Filipinos would do well to learn.

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