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throat; singing voice
Kanji 2007

Thank you for visiting this Character Home Page. Below you'll find a synopsis of the essay. If you wish to read the full text, the PDF of the essay is available for purchase to the right.

Synopsis

Read about how the Japanese see the throat as instrumental in holding back harsh words and unpleasant emotions. Find out what it means figuratively to swallow food that's too hot and then to forget that discomfort. See which udon comes from Shikoku, learn why people in Japan talk about the uvula, and discover which body part looks like Buddha sitting in contemplation.

Revision history:

Jan. 7, 2020:

  • p. 2: Etymology Box: Substantially rewrote it, adding a Henshall etymology, as there was none before. Also corrected an error; the phonetic is 侯, not 候.
  • p. 5: I made 喉が渇く the primary rendering, rather than 喉が乾く. That affected much of what followed on the page.
  • p. 15: Added a link to the Kanshudo games.

July 29, 2016: Originally published.

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Kanji PDF
Cover of essay 2007 on 喉, titled "A Life-Sustaining Passageway"
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JOYO ON-YOMI
コウ
JOYO KUN-YOMI
のど
STROKES12
RADICAL口 (30: mouth)
JLPTN1
HALPERN-/506
HENSHALL-/1335
SPAHN3d9.6