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outer limits; horizon; edge; shore
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Synopsis

Do you consider the horizon to be far away or close to you? It seems that English and Japanese have opposite takes on this issue. Find out about that in this investigation of 涯, which means "horizon." It also means “outer limits,” so this character gives a sense of the lines that circumscribe one’s world. For instance, if it’s your lot in life to be stuck living near dreadful relatives, you can convey that with 涯 (well, actually, with 境涯).

Revision history:

Aug. 29, 2014: Corrected a small formatting problem on p. 3. 

Aug. 24, 2012: Added a picture to p. 8. Now this essay includes a picture of the 涯 kanji!

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