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Maciamo
Apr 26, 2005, 22:49
Here is a little test to practice your knowledge of Japanese culture & history. Which of the following gates belonged to Edo castle (now the Imperial Palace in Tokyo) ? Tip : –ε means "gate" and is pronounced "mon" (but if you don't know that it will be difficult to take this test anyway). Have fun ! :bluush:

Test 1

a)@χ“c–ε
b)@Œ„“c–ε
c)@‹“cˆδ–ε

Test 2

a)@τ‘σ–ε
b)@‘εŽθ–ε
c)@Žα–ε

Test 3

a) “ΊθtŠG–ε
b)@•ΰ‰Ψ–ε
c)@“cˆΐ–ε

Test 4

a)@ŽΊ–ε
b)@΄…–ε
c)@Γ•–ε

Test 5

a)@”Ό‘ –ε
b)@”j–ε
c)@•i–ε

Highlight the text below to see the answers and explanations :

Test 1

a) Sakuradamon => right answer. It faces the metro station of the same name, where the National Police Department has its headquarters.
b) Sukidamon => literally the kanji mean "plough paddy gate", but when read also means "I like/love you".
c) Itaimon => the kanji stand for "reside paddy well gate", but sound the same as "it hurts !"

Test 2

a) Sentakumon => pun on "sentakumono" which means "laundry" or "the wash"
b) Otemon => right answer. It faces Otemachi (http://www.wa-pedia.com/practical/marunouchi.shtml) and is the main entrance to the Imperial Palace East Gardens.
c) Wakamon => the kanji mean "young gate" and is a pun on the word "wakamono", which means "a youth".

Test 3

a) Doraemon => the kanji here mean "gong picture gate", but it's in fact a pun on the famous anime character.
b) Pokemon => the kanji mean "walk" + "Chinese", but it's also a pun on the anime series of that name.
c) Tayasumon => right answer. The gate faces Yasukuni-jina (http://www.wa-pedia.com/practical/kudanshita.shtml) near Kudanshita station. It is the main entrance to Kita-no-maru park.

Test 4

a) Shitsumon => literally "chamber gate", but also means "question" phonetically.
b) Shimizumon => right answer. This gate is next to the Science Museum in Kita-no-maru Park.
c) Shizumumon => pun on Shimizumon. Phoentically means "I am sinking!", while the kanji mean "quiet warrior gate".

Test 5

a) Hanzomon => right answer. It faces the British Embassy, and the station of the same name.
b) Hamon => means "expel"
c) Shinamon => the kanji means "thing gate". Pun on the Japanese pronuciation of "cinnamon"

Maciamo
Mar 21, 2010, 18:03
I posted this nearly 5 years ago and nobody seems to have noticed the jokes involved in the test ! Highlight the text in white to see what you missed.