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,
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.