Tōge (峠 - Mountain Pass)

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Jun 4, 2019 19:20 English essay

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."

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




"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。