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hill; higher place; outside; beside
Kanji 1968

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Synopsis

Find out what role 岡 (primarily “hill”) could possibly play in a bathhouse, on an inkstone, in a wooden carrying box, in unrequited love, and in a 2nd-class red-light district. The essay provides connective thread between uses of 岡 that otherwise seem completely random. See how 岡 relates to 丘, another kanji for "hill." And enjoy a bevy of photos with 岡 in the names of people and places.

Revision history:

September 13, 2013: Deleted a false quiz option on p. 15 that was too close to being correct.

August 23, 2013: Originally published.

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