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corner; inconspicuous place
Kanji 1187

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Synopsis

Find out how the Japanese use 隅 not only literally but also figuratively, as when they talk about finding a refuge, feeling isolated, knowing something A to Z, nitpicking, and "lighting up the corner." Learn about a corner of Japan associated with an important strait, poetry, and scientific discoveries. Also find out about a fireworks festival in Tokyo. Enjoy several gorgeous book covers featuring 隅!

Revision History:

Aug. 30, 2021: 

  • p. 2, Etymology Box: Replaced the Henshall etymology with the new one.
  • p. 10: Made slight changes to the sentence that begins “The stone wall was constructed.…” Also changed "Shimosa" to "Shimousa" twice in the last sentence of that sign.
  • p. 14: Added a link to the Kanshudo games.

Feb. 24, 2017: p. 10: Revised the translation of the 天守閣の石垣は sentence and defined 銘石 as "engraved stone," not "carved stone."

Feb. 20, 2015: Originally published.

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