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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:

February 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."

February 20, 2015: Originally published.

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The symbol is a family crest. In 丸に隅立て井筒, the 隅立て should actually be written as 角立て. The phrase means that the circle (丸) contains a 井-like symbol that "stands" (立) on one of its "corners" (隅 or 角). See essay 1470 on 井 (well; town) to know more about well frames.

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