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Purple (紫) has special meaning in Japan. An old name for one of the four major islands contains 紫. The “Tale of Genji” author chose an alias that included 紫. Kyoto and Edo each had a shade of purple named after them, thanks to a purple plant dye. Purple is associated with various types of elites in Japan. And some Japanese perceive soy sauce and tobacco smoke as purple! 

Using the accompanying game on the Character Home Page, you can practice the vocabulary in the essay after reading it.

Also, Ulrike is back with a batch of new-monics (which are free!):

台 (166: a stand)
始 (288: beginning)
第 (339: ordinal number prefix)
治 (544: to bring under control)
胎 (1544: fetus)


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