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Kanji in this term
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A Japanese rendition from the early 6th century Chinese text Wen Xuan: 去者日以疎[、生者日以親]. Literally "The departed become distant over time". The second half of the original, which is missing in translation, is "[while] those who come become familiar over time".


去る者は日々に疎し (hiragana さるものはひびにうとし, romaji saru mono wa hibi ni utoshi)

  1. feelings for a departed one grow weaker over time; out of sight, out of mind