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There's nothing special about 勝ち in the sentence. In fact, I think you can safely think of へ as "to, toward, towards", both for physical and metaphorical direction. 日本語の理解へ ! Towards a better understanding of Japanese! 明るい未来へ ! Towards a brighter future!


To use "around" for time, use ごろ. へ is not used this way 5時ごろ電話するわ! → I'll call you around 5:00. 注意: Do not confuse this with "about" which is ぐらい/くらい. × 5時ぐらい電話する → I'll call you "about" 5:00 (ブブー) ○ 5時ごろ電話する → I'll call you around 5:00 (ピンポン) This is used for time duration instead. 車で行くなら、3時間ぐらいかかる → If you go by car, it'll ...


I think you can use へ or に more or less interchangeably in your examples without any real change in meaning, but に is probably the more common choice. 1a. 川の向こうへ渡る橋は一つしかありませんでした。 1b. 川の向こうに渡る橋は一つしかありませんでした。 2a. 友達とレストランへ行きます。 2b. 友達とレストランに行きます。 3a. 来月国へ帰ります。 3b. 来月国に帰ります。 Even if you use へ instead of に, you wouldn't be returning in ...


The use of "へ" does not depend much on the relationship. For "向かう", however, there are two meanings. A: "駅へ向かう" I headed to the station. I headed to *the destination*. B: "勝ちへ向かう" I headed for the win. I headed for *the state(or the time)*.

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