December 14th, 2007

yoshitoshi: caocao

Sleeping on sticks and tasting gall: 卧薪尝胆

paleaswater introduced me to Woxin changdan, an historical television series about an event from China's Spring and Autumn period. 5th century BC, buncha warring kingdoms (that preceded the actual Warring States period and half a millennium before the equally head-spinny Three Kingdoms period.)

Unlike the latter two and their 'can't tell the players without a scorecard and the names in both traditional and simplified hanzi and possibly Japanese readings as well' (I *said* Three Kingdoms is my bête noire and I meant it), the tale that gives rise to the proverb about sleeping on brushwood etc is fairly straightforward. Collapse )