Now, I've been reading 竹取物語 and have come across (another) set of symbols that I've yet to understand. Given the following sentence.
What does the sudden 「／＼」 mean?
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This is supposed to be an iteration mark.
This type of iteration mark is usually only used in vertical writing (the traditional layout for Japanese writing). It looks like a big く but is twice as tall.
It also exists in Unicode, so I can try to produce it here, although it may not render nicely:
(Wikipedia does a better job and has more examples.)
／＼ are often (ab)used to represent the vertical iteration mark in horizontal writing.
やう／＼ = やうやう = ようよう = 漸う