ほととぎす【不如帰, 杜鵑, 子規, 時鳥, 杜宇, 蜀魂, 霍公鳥, 沓手鳥, 田鵑】

■ little cuckoo, Cuculus poliocephalus, a bird famous for its song like the nightingale. (For other meanings of this word, see this jeKai entry.

The 不如帰 is used for a personality test. What sort of personality do you have in business and in war?

The three great 将軍(しょうぐん)who united Japan from approximately 1560 to 1603 were 織田信長(おだのぶなが)、豊臣秀吉(とよとみひでよし)and 徳川家康(とくがわいえやす)。It is said that it required three such greatly divergent personalities to succeed in uniting the country.

If 織田信長 had a 不如帰 that would not sing, he would kill it - action
If 豊臣秀吉 had a 不如帰 that would not sing, he would try to get it to sing - persuasion
If 徳川家康 had a 不如帰 that would not sing, he would wait - patience

In Japanese these are respectively:

鳴(な)かぬなら殺(ころ)してしまえ不如帰

鳴かぬなら鳴かせてみせよう不如帰

鳴かぬなら鳴くまで待(ま)とう不如帰

What would you do?


This entry was created by Benjamin Barrett


Created 2000-07-19.


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