Kanji Etymology

figure 1 2 hiragana su horz 300x247 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): す (i.e. "su")

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): す (i.e. "su")

By Ponte Ryūrui / 17/09/2011 /

The modern form of す comes from the cursive form of the kanji 寸 (す(ん), su(n), i.e. “approximately 3.03cm”). Follow the progression of the different scripts

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figure 1 kanji etymology ryu 98x300 - Kanji: 九

Kanji: 九

By Ponte Ryūrui / 16/09/2011 /

九 belongs to the 象形文字 (しょうけいもじ, shōkeimoji, i.e. set of characters of pictographic origin). It is a pictograph of a dragon, or more precisely a dragon-serpent

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figure 1 2 hiragana shi horz 298x300 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): し (i.e. "shi")

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): し (i.e. "shi")

By Ponte Ryūrui / 15/09/2011 /

The modern form of し comes from the cursive form of the kanji 之 (し, shi, i.e. “of”, “this”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in

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figure 1 2 hiragana sa horz 300x253 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): さ (i.e. "sa")

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): さ (i.e. "sa")

By Ponte Ryūrui / 14/09/2011 /

The modern form of さ comes from the cursive form of the kanji 左 (さ, sa, i.e. “left”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in

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figure 1 kanji etymology ki spirit 300x179 - Kanji: 気

Kanji: 気

By Ponte Ryūrui / 13/09/2011 /

気 belongs to the 形声文字 (けいせいもじ, keiseimoji, i.e. phono-semantic compound characters). This is by far the largest group of Chinese characters,

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figure 1 2 hiragana ku horz 1 300x230 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): く (i.e. "ku")

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): く (i.e. "ku")

By Ponte Ryūrui / 10/09/2011 /

The modern form of く comes from the cursive form of the kanji 久 (く, ku, i.e.: “long time”, “old story). Follow the progression of the different scripts

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figure 1 2 hiragana ko horz 300x195 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): こ (i.e. "ko")

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): こ (i.e. "ko")

By Ponte Ryūrui / 08/09/2011 /

The modern form of こ comes from the cursive form of the kanji 己 (こ, ko, i.e.: “self”, also “snake”, “serpent”, etc.). Follow the progression of the different

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figure 1 2 hiragana ke horz 300x209 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): け (i.e. "ke")

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): け (i.e. "ke")

By Ponte Ryūrui / 06/09/2011 /

The modern form of け comes from the cursive form of the kanji 計 (け (い), ke(i), i.e.: “plan”, “measure”, etc.). Follow the progression of the different

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figure 1 kanji etymology gaku 300x284 - Kanji: 学

Kanji: 学

By Ponte Ryūrui / 01/09/2011 /

学 belongs to the 会意文字 (かいいもじ, kaii moji, i.e. set of characters that are a combination of two or more pictographs, or characters whose meaning was based on

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figure 1 kanji etymology flower 99x300 - Kanji: 花

Kanji: 花

By Ponte Ryūrui / 27/08/2011 /

花 belongs to the 形声文字 (けいせいもじ, keiseimoji, i.e. phono-semantic compound characters). This is by far the largest group of Chinese characters, concluding

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