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Tōge (峠 – Mountain Pass)

  • Tōge

    Mountain passes or boundaries between up and down ways are called tōge (峠).

    It is said that tōge comes from tamuke (手向け), which means to offer things to Shinto and Buddhist deities — there was the fact that visitors offered things to dōsojin (道祖神 – “ancestor kami protecting the safety of roads”).

    Incidentally, 峠 is the kanji invented in Japan.

    This kanji consists of three parts; 山 meaning “mountain,” 上 meaning “up” and 下 meaning “down.”
    “Mountain” を意味する「山」、”up” を意味する「上」、そして “down” を意味する「下」で構成されます。

    The reason why this kanji was made in Japan might be that the Japanese had the environment surrounded by mountains.

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