Meaning

Primary

Edge Of A Sumo Ring

Alternatives

Last Moment, Critical Moment

Word Type

noun

Explanation

A soil sack on the edge. Pretend the sacks are lined up around in a circle. It's the edge of a sumo ring. It can also refer to a last moment or critical moment in time, like the moment before getting pushed out of the ring.

Reading

どひょうぎわ
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

The first two kanji (土俵) use the on'yomi reading you learned. The last kanji uses the kun'yomi reading, which you should know via the vocabulary. Just think of these two parts as somewhat separate bits of the word, which is why one part is on'yomi and another (the addition) is kun'yomi.

Context

Context Sentences

その力士は土俵際で踏ん張り、相手力士に打っ棄りを食らわせた。

The sumo wrestler braced himself at the edge of the ring and was able to throw his opponent out.

平和交渉は土俵際で難航して、打ち切りになった。

The peace negotiations ran into trouble at the last moment and were broken off.

Kanji Composition