The philosophy, however, probably originally came to Japan with a Tendai - Buddhist legend, from China in the 8th century ( Nara Period ).The rescue centre has assisted governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild since 1987.It has been theorized that the three Mystic Apes, Not Seeing, Hearing, or Speaking, may have been the "things that one has done wrong in the last 59 days".

Retrieved 13 December 2011.They have been a motif in pictures, such as the ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock printings) by Keisai Eisen, and are frequently represented in modern culture.

It's the positive version of the three wise monkeys.In Hindu original version the meaning of the fourth monkey is totally different from the popular Buddhist version."The Proverbial Three Wise Monkeys Midwestern Journal of Language and Folklore, 7: 5-.