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Hakuraku (伯楽, aka Sun Yang (孫陽) or Po Lo) was a hero in Chinese mythology. Dispatched by the Chinese Emperor with the task of locating the perfect horse, Hakuraku returned with news of a bay mare that he had found. However, when Imperial soldiers were sent to fetch the horse, they found it was a black stallion instead.[1][2]

The story illustrates the Confucian and Taoist adage that expert knowledge embodies the ability to see past exterior appearances to the true nature of a subject.[3][4]

The term hakuraku is now used as Japanese slang for a veterinarian.[2][5]


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