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Point of interest: 世界平和への冒険旅行

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世界平和への冒険旅行 - a peaceful adventure trip?
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This article is based on the essay on 冒 in the Joy o' Kanji essay collection.
In this essay we find the following book title:
せかい
世界
へいわ
平和
ぼうけんりょこう
冒険旅行
ダグハマーショルド
こくれん
国連
みらい
未来
title (book, album etc.)
An Adventure Trip Toward World Peace: Dag Hammarskjöld and the Future of the United Nations
The Japanese contains an interesting turn of phrase:
せかい
世界
へいわ
平和
への
ぼうけん
冒険
りょこう
旅行
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The original English title of the book was "The Adventure of Peace: Dag Hammarskjöld and the Future of the UN." So you might have expected the Japanese version to be simply 平和の冒険. However, the Japanese version expands on the English in several ways:
  • 世界平和 instead of just 平和
  • 冒険旅行 instead of just 冒険
  • への instead of just の
The first change is a simple expansion of meaning ('world peace' instead of 'peace'). The second could also be taken that way ('adventure trip' instead of 'adventure'), but it is arguably necessary as 平和の冒険 is not immediately understandable in Japanese in the way that its literal translation is.
The third change is a common device in Japanese, especially in literature - the use of multiple particles. In this case, へ, the direction marker, indicates that our adventure trip was moving us (literally or figuratively) towards world peace. However, now that we have a particle, we can't just combine the phrase 世界平和へ with another noun without first 'nominalizing' the combination by adding the nominalizer の.
Taken together, these three changes create a much fuller and more poetic title in Japanese than a literal translation would have been.

Kanji used in this point of interest

セ   セイ   よ the world   
カイ    world   
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ヘイ   ビョウ   たい flat   ひら ordinary; flat   
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ワ   オ    peace, harmony   なご to be calmed down   なごやか calm, gentle   やわらぐ to be softened   やわらげる to soften; to alleviate   
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ボウ   おか to brave, risk   
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ケン   けわしい steep   
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リョ   たび trip   
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コウ   ギョウ   アン   ゆ    い to go   おこな to take place   
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コク   くに country   
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レン   つれる to take, to lead   つらねる to line up   つらなる to extend   
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ミ    not yet   
ライ   く to come   きた to be forthcoming   きた to induce   
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