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Navigating the Maze That Is the Japanese Language

Those giant mazes, made of hedges or carved from cornfields and designed so that you have to wind your way through, are a simple stroll compared to the maze presented when working your way through the Japanese language.

The word empi presents a good example. Many Black Belt readers will be familiar with it because it was Gichin Funakoshi's name for a karate kata originally — and, in Okinawan dojo, still — called wanshu.

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