etymology

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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Kanji: 一

By Ponte Ryūrui / 22/06/2011 /

一 belongs to the 指事文字 (shiji moji, i.e. characters expressing simple abstract concept) group of characters. One theory says that the shape of kanji 一 is based on the 算木 (sangi), which were divination rods (small wooden sticks of a similar shape to matches, but longer and thicker). Sangi were

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