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    Talking Learn Japanese though history : The gates of the Imperial Palace

    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 !

    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 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 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"


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    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.

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