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well; town
Kanji 1470

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Synopsis

Why have the Japanese worshipped well water, shouted down wells, and jokingly called the Edo era the "Ido" era? How do people use the shape of a well in everything from kimono cloth to business slang? How does 井 figure into economic and political discussions? Find out all of this and much more, including the role of wells in folktales, proverbs, and Haruki Murakami's fiction. 

Revision History:

Jan. 10, 2020:

  • p. 2: Etymology Box: Replaced the old Henshall etymology with the new one.
  • p. 19: Improved the last sample sentence, as the Japanese was awkward.
  • p. 21: Added a link to the Kanshudo games.

Nov. 20, 2018: p. 7: Significantly revised the first photo caption.

Apr. 11, 2013: Originally published.

 

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