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auspicious; happiness
Kanji 1398

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Synopsis

This kanji takes us on quite a ride, from good omens to scandals ("unlucky things," according to the kanji) to discussions of origins and birthplaces (e.g., of reiki, golf, or a "super embankment"). Learn to say that Osaka is the birthplace of "conveyor belt" sushi, and find out about a crazy theory that Noah's Ark departed from Japan, making that country the birthplace of world civilization!

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Cover of essay 1398 on 祥, titled "Reading Tea Leaves with the Help of a Sheep"
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