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Hardships and Joys

Japan shinsankanku
Hardships and Joys

This Japanese proverb speaks of the "hardships and joys" of life.

Some other translations include:
Tasting the sweets and bitters of life.
Being well-versed in the ways of the world (having seen much of life).

辛酸甘苦 is the Japanese "for better or worse," when speaking of life.

Through the Ups and Downs of Life

China tóng gān gòng kǔ
Through the Ups and Downs of Life

This Chinese proverb talks of "shared delights and common hardships." This can be translated and understood a few different ways, including:
To share life's joys and sorrows.
For better or for worse.
Through joys and sorrows of life.
Through all life ups and downs.
To go through thick and thin.
To stick together through thick and thin.
To share joys and sorrows of life.
To share pleasures and pains.
To partake in each other's joys and sorrows.
To take "for better or for worse."

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Mandarin tóng gān gòng kǔ / tong2 gan1 gong4 ku3
Taiwan t`ung kan kung k`u / tung kan kung ku
Through the Ups and Downs of Life
Chinese shared delights and common hardships (idiom); to share life's joys and sorrows; for better or for worse


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Japanese shinsankanku / しんさんかんく
Through the Ups and Downs of Life
Japanese (yoji) hardships and joys; tasting the sweets and bitters of life; (having seen much of life) being well-versed in the ways of the world


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Mandarin gān kǔ / gan1 ku3
Taiwan kan k`u / kan ku
Japanese kanku / かんく
Chinese good times and hardships; joys and tribulations; for better or for worse
Japanese sweetness and bitterness; joys and sorrows

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Hardships and Joys辛酸甘苦shinsankanku
Through the Ups and Downs of Life同甘共苦tóng gān gòng kǔ
tong2 gan1 gong4 ku3
tong gan gong ku
t`ung kan kung k`u
tung kan kung ku

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