Monthly Archives: August 2011


This is written 本歌取, not ホンカドリ. Literary, not ornithological. And certainly not usually a goose. Except them as bring letters.

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鳰: types

That looks as if it should mean λBIRD, but really it means dabchick, or grebe. In Japanese the dabchick is the species from which the entire order of grebes, カイツブリ科 (kaitsuburika), takes its name. This is odd, because it’s not … Continue reading

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