The three wise monkeys

The three wise monkeys

"See no evil,
Hear no evil,
Speak no evil"

At the Tōshō-gū shrine in Nikkō日光東照宮
From the 17th century
Stand the three monkeys 三猿

Mizaru 見ざる, covering his eyes, seing no evil
Kikazaru聞かざる, covering his ears, hearing no evil
Iwazaru言わざる, covering his mouth, speaking no evil

川  kawa – Kanagawa Prefecture

川 kawa – Kanagawa Prefecture

Kanagawa Prefecture 神奈川県
Written with the kanji 川 “river” “stream” sen, kawa
That we also meet for instance in…
川の字 kawanoji “three people lined up sleeping in the shape of the kanji 川
川上 kawakami “upstream”
川下 kawashimo “downstream”

川  kawa – Ishikawa Prefecture

川 kawa – Ishikawa Prefecture

Ishikawa Prefecture 石川県
Written with the kanji 川 “river” “stream” sen, kawa
That we also meet for instance in…
川の字 kawanoji “three people lined up sleeping in the shape of the kanji 川“
川上 kawakami “upstream”
川下 kawashimo “downstream”

三 mi – Mie Prefecture

三 mi – Mie Prefecture

Mie Prefecture 三重県
Written with the kanji 三 (also参) “three” san, mi, mi-tsu, mi'-tsu
That we also meet for instance in…
三教 sankyou “the three religions (Shinto, Buddhism and Confucianism)”
三角州 sankakusu “(river) delta”
Or in 三日月 mikazuki “new moon” “crescent moon”
As well as in 三味線 shamisen “three-stringed Japanese lute”

3, among cultures and meanings

3, among cultures and meanings

3 - 3 designates the number of (apparent) spatial dimensions in our universe… 3 represents the Trinity composed of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit… In Hinduism, the Trimūrti (त्रिमूर्ति) is made up of the gods Brahmâ, Vishnu and Shiva… 3 is at the base of many symbolic systems designating “past, present, future”, “human, earth, sky”… The number 3 in Chinese三 can also be written 叁 especially to avoid being falsified… 3 is written III in Roman numerals… And for you, what’s about “3”?


3 – 3 désigne le nombre de dimensions spatiales (apparentes) dans notre univers… 3 représente la Trinité composé du Père, du Fils et du Saint-Esprit… Dans l'hindouisme, la Trimūrti (त्रिमूर्ति) est constituée par les dieux Brahmâ, Vishnou et Shiva… 3 est à la base de nombreuses symboliques désignant « passé, présent, futur », « humain, terre, ciel », etc… Le nombre 3 en chinois三 peut également s’écrire 叁 pour éviter en particulier d’petre falsifié… 3 s’écrit III dans la numérotation romaine… Et pour vous, qu'en est-il du « 3 » ?

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Grace Kelly and Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, had three children: Caroline, Albert, and Stéphanie. (Monégasque lg, French lg)


Grace Kelly et Rainier III, prince de Monaco, ont eu trois enfants: Caroline, Albert et Stéphanie.

What is a child? How to define it? What place do children take in the family? From their growth to their maturity, how does the status of children evolve? How have children been considered in the march of the world? What rights have they been granted, or not? How does the consideration of children teach us about the way we perceive humanity? How does the digital environment take into consideration - or not - the singularity of children in terms of access, protection, uses...? (to be completed)

Qu’est-ce qu’un enfant ? Comment le définir ? Quelle place prennent les enfants au sein de la famille ? De leur croissance à leur maturité, comment évolue le statut des enfants ? Comment a-t-on considéré les enfants dans la marche du monde ? Quels droits leur a-t-on accordés, ou non ? En quoi la considération des enfants instruit-elle de la manière dont nous percevons l’humanité ? Comment l’environnement numérique prend-il – ou non – en considération la singularité des enfants en matière d’accès, de protection, d’usages… ?... (à compléter)

They have three children.

: They have three children.

: Essi-hanno tre figli.

: Sie haben drei Kinder.

: 彼らには3人の子供がいます。

Karera ni wa 3-ri no kodomo ga imasu.

: Ils ont trois enfants.

: 他们有三个孩子。

Tāmen yǒusān gè háizi.

: Ellos tienen tres hijos.

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There are five women and three men.

: Hay cinco mujeres y tres hombres.

: There are five women and three men.

: 5人の女性と3人の男性がいます

Goninno joseeto sanninno danseegaimasu

: Es gibt fünf Frauen und drei Männer.

: Il y a cinq femmes et trois hommes.

: 有五个女人和三个男人。

Yǒu wǔ gè nǚrén hé sān gè nánrén.

: Ci sono cinque donne e tre uomini.

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Nine divided by three is three.

: 9除以3等于3。

9 chú yǐ 3 děngyú 3.

: Nine divided by three is three.

: 9 diviso tre fa tre.

: 3で割った9は3です。

3 de watta 9 wa 3 desu.

: 9 geteilt durch drei ist drei.

: Neuf divisé par trois donne trois.

: 9 entre tres es tres.

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7 minus 4 is 3.

: Sieben minus vier sind drei.

: 7 menos 4 son 3.

: 7 minus 4 is 3.

: 7 moins quatre font trois.

: 7引く4は3です。

7 Hiku 4 wa 3 desu.

: 7减4等于3。

7 Jiǎn 4 děngyú 3.

: 7 meno 4 fa 3.

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Kanji: 三. Radical: 一. Number of strokes: 3. Meaning: “ three”. Pronunciation: サン、み、み-つ、みっ-つsan, mi, mi-tsu, mi'-tsu.

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