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pupil (of eye); eye; iris (of eye)
Kanji 2079

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Synopsis

Find out why Japanese friends tease each other about their pupils. Learn how to talk about staring hard at something and how to say that pupils contract in sunlight (or dilate under certain naughty influences!). See why a brand of rice is called Dragon's Eyes and why a Daruma doll initially has blank eyes. Enjoy an immersion (and 4 vivid photos) in the world of a classic film with 瞳 in the title.

Revision history:

Apri. 23, 2019: 

p. 2: Added the new Henshall etymology.
p. 10: Corrected the yomi of 最新 to さいしん.

Jan. 23, 2016: Changed photo caption on p. 11 so that it no longer says that the restaurant is in Nagasaki.

July 31, 2015: Originally published.

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Cover of essay 2079 on 瞳, titled "Eyes Wide Open"
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