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going upstream; retracing the past
Kanji 2051

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Synopsis

Learn to say that a temple dates back to the 9th century and that a conflict goes back to childhood. Find out how the Japanese say that they've hiked toward the source of a river or sailed up the Sumida. (The verb changes on the return trip!) See how the Japanese have been pioneers in time travel. Also become versed in the habits of salmon and the way their lives end in a noble but tragic way.

Revision history:

June 19, 2015: p. 8: The first sample sentence on the page didn't feature the keyword 遡上! Now it does.

Dec. 5, 2014: p. 8: Corrected the term for "Great East Japan Earthquake" in the last sample sentence. It now says 東日本大震災 with the yomi of ひがしにほんだいしんさい.

Sept. 19, 2014: Originally published.

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