January Proverb: 風林火山

風林火山(ふうりんかざん・FuurinKazan)

風=Wind-> swift as wind

林=Forest-> silent as forest

火=Fire-> fierce as fire

山=Mountain-> still as mountain

The samurai, Takeda Shingen(武田 信玄), in Sengoku period used the initials of fours phrases from Sun Tzu’s famous book, The Art of War, as the banner in the battlefield. Originally it represent the spirit of the battlefield. Takeda Shingen wasn’t the first one to use it but was the one who made it popular. It means you adopt to whichever the situation you are in, you can deal things as efficient and effective as you can best achieve.

風林火山的原文出自於「孫子兵法」的軍爭篇:

其疾如風,其徐如林,侵掠如火,不動如山。這句話出自《孫子兵法》的軍爭篇。

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