January 28, 2011

Saji o Nageru " to throw away the spoon"

In ancient times the Japanese doctor or pharmacist was expected to concoct a special formula that would cure the patient. The pressure to find the correct mixture of ingredients was so great that many a doctor would hurl the measuring spoon into the air in despair.
Metaphorically, saji o nageru means to give up out of Frustration. Often the phrase is used as an admonishment not to give up.

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