Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

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Foggy day in California

COOL photo: fog in the San Joaquin Valley, from space. Hey, I can see dancingspring's house from here! But what the heck is that square red dot?

meaning: town, block
町田 == Machida == family name, placename
下町 == shitamachi == downtown
Left radical is 'field' (田), right radical is 'nail' (丁), phonetically expressing 'walk'. This character originally meant 'paths through the fields', then 'place where fields join', which became 'area/community'. Henshall suggests taking the right radical as a 'T-junction', for the mnemonic:  'Town at T-junction of paths through fields.'

Interesting that in both Japanese and English, the center of a town is indicated by a compound meaning 'under', or 'lower'.

When you're alone & life is making you lonely
You can always go ~ Downtown
When you've got worries, all the noise & the hurry
Seems to help, I know ~ Downtown
Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?

The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
So go downtown, things'll be great when you're
Downtown ~ no finer place, for sure
Downtown ~ everything's waiting for you


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