Uri Futatsu

[Japanese Idioms by Flashcards]


two halves of a cucumber

(two peas in a pod, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, frick and frack)

Nature provides ample evidence of perfect symmetry. Split lengthwise, the two halves of a fruit or vegetable are perfectly identical. When two people are so much alike in appearance, they are uri futatsu.

Sample text:
(Style: spoken/casual/male)

A: Ano kyoodai wa futatsu chigai da kedo, mattaku uri futatsu da nee. Kono aida, machigaechatte ne. Komatta yo, hontoni!

A: あの兄弟きょうだいは二つちがいだけど、全く瓜二つだねえ。この間、まちがえちゃってね。困ったよ、ほんとに!

A: Those brothers are two years apart, yet they’re as alike as two peas in a pod. The other day I mistook one for the other, and was I embarrassed!

Japanese Idioms

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