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Ups and downs: かみ・しも vs うえ・した

So, we have the kanji 上・下 which can be read as either かみ・しも or うえ・した, and as I understand it, those two are antonym pairs. But what are the differences between the two? The thesaurus isn't very ...
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What are the differences between 帰る and 戻る?

Can you give an example of when 帰る should be used instead of 戻る, and vice versa? The reason I ask is that I sometimes get corrected when using the two, such as in: × そのとき私は日本から戻ってきて、大学に戻って入りました。 (...
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How to write "eastern Tokyo" (or "northern Hokkaido")

While chatting with a friend about meeting up in eastern Tokyo, I typed in ひがしとうきょう and my Mac dutifully sent 東東京 out the wire. I quickly clarified with ひがし東京 just so she wouldn't think I had made a ...
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Saying northeast, northwest, north-north-east, etc

What would the correct way to write and say northeast, northwest, north-north-east, etc? In Chinese, we put east and west first and then put north or south at the end, for example, 東北 for northeast. ...
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Is it acceptable to include both direction (へ) and destination (に) in a sentence?

The English sentence "I went east to Japan." is quite simple - a direction and a destination together in a sentence. But it seems this is rather tricky to translate into Japanese. I asked ...
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What do you say for "junction" or "fork" in a path in terms of direction?

For junction I know of 交差点 but is that only for traffic junctions or can it be used generally, say, in a mall when the path splits 3 ways or more in front of you.
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Will you come or go to my location?

I'm in Tokyo. I want to ask my friend if he's coming to Tokyo. In English it is natural to say "Will you come to Tokyo?", not "Will you go to Tokyo", as I use my own location as the reference point. ...
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How long has へ been a replacement for に in indicating direction? Is it similar to を in that context?

After reading an answer on this site about some particulars of particle usage, I recently got a copy of The Structure of the Japanese Language by Kuno. It has been an interesting read, although the ...
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Explaining directions to a Japanese tourist /useful phrases to know [closed]

Sorry if this might be too broad, I'm first time on this stackexchange. Setup: I'm walking around the town. I see a Japanese tourist looking at a city map and trying to find a landmark/restaurant/...
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