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beach, seashore; Yokohama
Kanji 1743

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Synopsis

Why did the Japanese once cling to poles in the sea in hopes of curing disease? Where can you ride camels in Japan or nest in a hole on a hot beach in order to heal? Find out about all this, plus beach rituals, beach-inspired literature, and a sandbar-inspired pattern that has influenced designs of everything from tables to cakes. Also enjoy photos of the prettiest beaches in Japan.

Revision history:

Jan. 7, 2020: Fixed broken links throughout. Also:

  • p. 2: Completely revised the Etymology Box, primarily by replacing the old Henshall etymology with the new one. Also deleted the Sears image, as it didn't seem relevant enough to include.
  • p. 2: Created a new sidebar ("On-Echo Series") with material from the old Etymology Box.
  • p. 8: Changed the definition of 祝い from "celebration" to "congratulatory gift."
  • p. 12: Added a link to the Kanshudo games.

July 19, 2013: Originally published.

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