ravine, gorge; strait
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In a nation of islands separated by straits that can be dangerously rough, geography is a vivid reality. The most common 峡 word by far is 海峡 (strait), so this photo-studded essay mainly looks at significant Japanese straits and at the bridges, whirlpools, and important events associated with them. You will emerge from this essay with a much sharper sense of Japanese geography!
Mar. 24, 2017: Fixed the shared shape in the look-alike listing on p. 1. Also updated definitions of look-alike kanji.
Dec. 5, 2014: Made several changes:
p. 17: Italicized Guinness Book of Records.
p. 18: Changed 程度 (ていど: degree) to あるていど: certain degree). Both are correct, but the latter is more precise.
Oct. 31, 2013: p. 8: Changed all spellings of "Kanmon Strait" to "Kammon Strait" to match essay 1571.
Feb. 24, 2013: Originally published.