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mound, hillock
Kanji 1607

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Synopsis

The mound kanji appears in very few words, but it's prevalent in Japan nonetheless, thanks to its role in surnames and place names. Mounds have also played a significant role in Japanese history, from burial mounds and memorial mounds to shell mounds. Unexpectedly, studying 塚 opens a fascinating window onto the Japanese past.

Revision history:

August 3, 2012: When I created a version of the PDF on July 20, I used a lower setting than I meant to use. Now the images should be sharper. 

July 20, 2012: In the sidebar on page 5, I had previously listed two ways of saying "memorial mound." However, my proofreader can confirm only one term with that meaning, so I've deleted the other.

 

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