Let's start with a quiz. What do you think the following term could mean?
頭を刈る (あたまをかる) head + to cut
a. to cut off someone's head
b. to cut the head off a fish
c. to cut one's hair
d. to excel; be a cut above the rest; stand heads and tails above others
I'll give you a moment to think about it.
Woodblock print by Koitsu Tsuchiya (1870–1949). It depicts the Sacred Bridge (神橋, しんきょう) in Nikko that commoners were not allowed to cross.
Photo Credit: Eve Kushner
The same bridge in 2010.
Here's the answer:
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