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Synopsis

Embankments save lives and could even be why we have government! But they're so well integrated into landscapes that you could walk on an embankment and not know it. See why Japan has built these structures for millennia. (A folktale particularly brings the topic to life.) Also find out about embankment stew, tsutsumi dolls, “super embankments,” and a "battleship seawall." 

Revision History:

July 31, 2019:

p. 2: Changed the etymology to reflect the newer edition of Henshall, rather than the older one. Also updated the Sears link.
p. 4: In 千丈の堤も蟻の一穴より, I have now defined より as "from," not "due to."
p. 5: Changed 以って to 以て.
p. 15: Added a link back to this page so you can more easily access the game below.

April 24, 2015: Originally published.

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