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cloth, towel; width; "cloth" radical
Kanji 1989

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Synopsis

A new Joyo kanji, 巾 is a versatile character that helps you discuss anything from dishrags to the width of a waterfall. It's in 巾着 (pouch), which has influenced both fashion and food (having lent its pyramidal shape to two dishes that are considered lucky). As a radical, 巾 pops up in scads of kanji, including some of the first ones you learned.

Revision history:

May 15, 2015: Made several changes:

p. 1: Added "cloth" radical to the definitions in the Character Profile.
p. 12: Adjusted the photo caption to reflect that the shop is in Kawasaki (not Kamakura) and that the third dessert is named after the city of Bremen because of a story that is quite famous in Japan.
p. 13: Added a photo.

Feb. 7, 2014: Made slight improvements to the first photo caption on p. 7.

Oct. 19, 2012: The photo on p. 6 had become blurry. I reinserted it. I also revised an option in Quick Quiz 2 to reflect that it's an adjective, not a noun.

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