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皆さん、こんにちは!

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.

かくて翁やう/\豐になり行く。

What does the sudden 「/\」 mean?

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    Could it possibly be the vertical iteration mark? See here. By the definition in the wiki, I believe this sentence would then mean かくて翁やうやう豐になり行く。My Japanese is unfortunately too limited to parse this sentence though. – Enrico Borba Dec 30 '16 at 20:41
  • See this article about iteration marks in Japanese:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iteration_mark#Japanese – kandyman May 19 '18 at 12:08
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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.)

The characters /\ are often (ab)used to represent the vertical iteration mark in horizontal writing.

So,

やう/\ = やうやう = ようよう = 漸う

  • ようよう? Cool, thx lad! :D – Tirous Dec 31 '16 at 1:45

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