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pearl; gem; bead
Kanji 1349

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Synopsis

Japan invented a way of making pearls! Find out about pearl culturing and where to go in Japan to learn more about the inventor and his method. Read about divers (mostly women) who have risked it all to collect shellfish. Learn how to say "Tahiti is the pearl of the Pacific" in Japanese. And find out about strings of prayer beads, which have inspired a great figurative expression.

Revision history:

Nov. 22, 2013: On p. 13, I fixed the yomi of ~合目 (~ごうめ), which was missing the final め. I also slightly altered the translation of the newspaper headline.

Nov. 1, 2013: Originally published

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