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elderly man
Kanji 1037

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Synopsis

Learn to say “old man” in insulting and respectful ways, as well as “the great Basho.” See why it’s not weird to name a baby 翁. Find out how a monk defeated a rock, how the rock still causes trouble, and how a hammer was named after the monk! Read about a Japanese man named after the Great Wall of China. And see why Westerners and the Japanese have opposite views of the albatross.

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Kanji PDF
Cover of essay 1037 on 翁 (elderly man), titled "Whiskered Old Men for the Win"
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JOYO ON-YOMI
オウ
JOYO KUN-YOMI
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STROKES10
RADICAL羽 (124: feather)
JLPTN1
HALPERN1335/1809
HENSHALL1037
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