Both David Galef on page 30 of Even Monkeys Fall from Trees: The Wit and Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs (Vol 1) and Daniel Crump Buchanan on page 235 of his book Japanese Proverbs and Sayings use the translation “Snakes follow the way of serpents”. Buchanan says the English equivalent is “One devil knows another”. Galef suggests “Set a thief to catch a thief”. Perhaps “It takes a thief to know a thief” would be a better equivalent.
Translations You Can Trust: We want you to be as happy with the Japanese translation as you are with Master Takase’s beautiful art. So we have made it easy to confirm the translation for yourself by simply clicking on Snakes Follow The Way Of Serpents (ja no michi wa hebi) which links to the independent Jeffrey’s Japanese English Dictionary.
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