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Point of interest: 琵琶湖の鉄道連絡船(びわこのてつどうれんらくせん)

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琵琶湖の鉄道連絡船(びわこのてつどうれんらくせん) - the railway ferry of Lake Biwa
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This article is based on the essay on 逓 in the Joy o' Kanji essay collection.
In Shiga Prefecture (
しがけん
滋賀県
) on Honshu (
ほんしゅう
本州
), Lake Biwa (
びわこ
琵琶湖
, in which both 琵 and 琶 are non-Jōyō) is the largest freshwater lake in Japan. With an area of 670 square kilometers (258.69 square miles), this lake is so large that people used to call it 'Freshwater Sea' (
あわうみ
淡海
). This explains why a railway line once included a ferry across the lake, rather than just going around it. This so-called
てつどうれんらくせん
鉄道連絡船
(railway ferry), the first in Japan, carried mail between trains on either side of the lake.
びわこ
琵琶湖
てつどうれんらくせん
鉄道連絡船
ゆうびん
郵便
ていそう
逓送
title (book, album etc.)
Lake Biwa’s Railway Ferry and Mail-Relaying Service

Kanji used in this point of interest

ジ    luxuriant   
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ガ    congratulations   
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ケン    prefecture   
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ホン   book   もと origin   
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シュウ    state, province, county   す sandbank   
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ビ    glissando (on strings)   
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ワ    lute   
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コ   みずうみ lake   
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タン   あわ thin, pale, faint   
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カイ   うみ ocean   
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テツ    iron   
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ドウ   トウ   みち road   
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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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ラク   entangled   からまる to be entangled, to be entwined   から to get in a tangle with   からめる to entwine   
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セン   ふね    ふな- ship   
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ユウ    mail   
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便
convenience; tidings   ビン tidings   ベン convenience   たよ tidings, news   
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テイ    parcel post; successive   
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ソウ   おく to send, to escort   
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