Early to Bed, Early to Rise


Recently, I learned the following phrase from my wife:

Hayaoki wa sanmon no toku

The meaning is “If you wake up early, you can get 3 mon.” The word mon (文) just means an old type of Japanese coin, probably similar to an American quarter, or even a Canadian dollar coin (“loonie”). But remember, a quarter was a lot of money 100 years ago, and so was 3 mon.

Of course, in English, we have a similar phrase: Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise, which is attributed to American founder Benjamin Franklin:


Even the Buddha himself gave similar advice:

Sleeping late, adultery,
Hostility, meaninglessness,
Harmful friends, utter stinginess:
These six things destroy a person.

Interesting how different cultures express the same idea, even if the words are different. Truly, we are all human.


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

2 thoughts on “Early to Bed, Early to Rise”

  1. It took my daughter to realise that I need to go to sleep early- kids teach us so much. Hope you getting your three mon.


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