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tatami; to fold; pile up
Kanji 1419

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Synopsis

Find out how 畳 can represent both rigid tatami mats and foldable items. See how the mats relate to cobblestones, sardines, wives, and bald priests. Learn to discuss room size in terms of these mats, even if the room contains none. Read about formerly X-rated restaurant waiting rooms. And discover why two famous directors dissed documentaries, despite having made them. 

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Cover of essay 1419 on 畳 (tatami), "Foldable Japan"
Mini Profile
JOYO ON-YOMI
ジョウ
JOYO KUN-YOMI
たた-む, たたみ
STROKES12
RADICAL田 (102: rice field)
JLPTN2
HALPERN1659/2249
HENSHALL1419/1519
SPAHN5f7.3