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Shinkiro (蜃気楼 – Mirage)

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    When there is a density difference in the atmosphere, light could be significantly refracted. In such a case, you may see something that doesn’t exist, floating buildings, or upside down scenery.

    This phenomenon is referred to as a “mirage” in English, whereas we call it shinkiro (蜃気楼).
    英語ではこの現象を “mirage” と言いますが、日本語えは「蜃気楼」と言います。

    Shin (蜃) of “shinkiro” means “big clam,” ki (気) means “breath,” and ro (楼) means “high buildings.”

    In the past in China, people thought that non-existent high buildings were drawn by the breath of a big clam. Because of this, such the phenomenon has been called “shinkiro.”

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