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snake, serpent; hard drinker
Kanji 1341

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Synopsis

I'm the biggest snake-phobe around, and even so I can tell you that there’s plenty to enjoy about an examination of 蛇. It whisks us away in fun figurative directions, as with its connection to heavy drinking. On top of that, delving into this character opens a window onto Japanese culture, from its mythology, festivals, and religions to its musical instruments and children's songs.

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eve's picture
I neglected to cover mythological snake hybrids, so if you want to know about those, check out Amy Chavez's Japan Times piece on that: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20130105cz.html
 

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