Week 5 - Stories of the Japanese Prefectures (Absolute Beginners Book Club)

They are ぼうてん or side dots and they are used for emphasis, similar to italics in English. They have lots of uses, here like last time I think they are just making it easier to parse the start and end of this more unusual word in the middle of a little stream of hiragana. This is my previous post on this.

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