Kanji: 森

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1. Meaning:forest, woods 2. Readings: Kunyomi (訓読み): もり Onyomi (音読み): シン Japanese names: もと Chinese reading: sēn 3. Etymology 森 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 an abstract concept). 森 follows a concept of three pictographs of a tree (木, き, ki) combined in one character, and it emphasises thick tree growth, i.e. woods. The definition … [Read more...]

Kanji: 女


1. Meaning:female, woman 2. Readings: Kunyomi (訓読み): おんな, め Onyomi (音読み): ジョ, ニョ, ニョウ Japanese names: おな, た, つき, な Chinese reading: nǔ, rǔ 3. Etymology 女 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 woman kneeling on the ground, shown with her arms entangled, holding a garment. The definition of the character 女 found in “Explaining Simple (Characters) and Analyzing Compound Characters” … [Read more...]

Kanji: 出

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1. Meaning:come out, exit, go out, leave, protrude, put out 2. Readings: Kunyomi (訓読み): い.だす, い.でる, だ.す, -だ.す, -で, で.る Onyomi (音読み): シュツ、 スイ Japanese names: いず, いづ, いで, じ, すっ, すつ, てん Chinese reading: chū 3. Etymology 出 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 footprint, or more precisely an imprint of the heel with the addition of a curved line engulfing its lower part. The shape … [Read more...]