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flood, deluge; vast
Kanji 1252

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Synopsis

Learn how floods pose a serious threat in ultra-rainy Japan, which now has the world's largest underground flood-prevention facility. Find out how to talk about real and figurative floods. Hear Okinawan "flood myths," and see what the Japanese say about Noah's flood. Examine 洪 in the names of a huge bell, famous ship, well-known doctor, star athlete, and two countries.

Revision history:

Dec. 9, 2016:

p. 4: Replaced the first sample sentence under the "Figurative Floods" head because the Japanese was flawed in various ways.

pp. 7 and 8: Updated or removed broken links and did some rewriting where necessary to accommodate those changes.

Aug. 29, 2014: Originally published.

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