For Want Of A Nail, The Kingdom Was Lost


Sode kara kaji.

Literal translation: “A fire from a kimono sleeve.”

English equivalent: “For want of a nail, the kingdom was lost.”

In old Japan, all structures, from the humble dwelling to the immense temple, were built in wood so even what started out as a small fire could be a total loss.

Sometimes small things make big problems.

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