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shoulder
Kanji 1212

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Synopsis

Your head rests on two good shoulders. The roads you travel on may have shoulders. Metaphorically, your shoulders help you carry the weight of burdens. Clearly, you need to know how to discuss shoulders. This essay will teach you key vocabulary and expressions related to this topic. You'll find out, for instance, what a tap on the shoulder means in Japan. Furthermore, you'll learn what the slope of shoulders indicates about someone's state of mind. 

Revision history: 

July 31, 2015: 

p. 1: In the look-alikes section of the Character Profile, I had defined 扉 (1730) as "front door." I changed that to "door."
p. 2 sidebar: I changed the breakdown of 肩が凝る, defining 凝る as "to stiffen" rather than "stiff." 
p. 10: In the Osaka massage sign about 肩こり, I changed the katakana コリ to hiragana.

Sept. 19, 2012:  Added 4 photos to pp. 10–12. 

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