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figure 1 kanji etymology kin 300x209 - Kanji: 金

Kanji: 金

By Ponte Ryūrui / 18/10/2011 /

The kanji 金 is a pictograph of copper ore cast in a mould. It can also represent one of the 五色の金 (ごしきのかね, go shiki no kane, i.e. “metals of the five colors)

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figure 1 2 hiragana te horz 300x184 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): て (i.e. “te”)

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): て (i.e. “te”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 12/10/2011 /

The modern form of て comes from the cursive form of the kanji 天 (てん, ten, i.e. “heaven”, also “deva”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown

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figure 1 2 hiragana tsu horz 300x259 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): つ (i.e. “tsu”)

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): つ (i.e. “tsu”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 10/10/2011 /

The modern form of つ comes from the cursive form of the kanji 川 (かわ, kawa, i.e. “river”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in

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figure  1 2 hiragana ta horz 300x204 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): た (i.e. “ta”)

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): た (i.e. “ta”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 05/10/2011 /

The modern form of た comes from the cursive form of the kanji 太 (た, ta, i.e. “plump”, “thick”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in

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figure 1 2 hiragana chi horz 300x179 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): ち (i.e. “chi”)

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): ち (i.e. “chi”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 04/10/2011 /

The modern form of ち comes from the cursive form of the kanji 知 (ち, chi, i.e. “knowledge”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in

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figure 1 kanji etymology kyu 1 98x300 - Kanji: 休

Kanji: 休

By Ponte Ryūrui / 04/10/2011 /

休 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

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figure 1 2 hiragana so horz 300x289 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): そ (i.e. “so”)

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): そ (i.e. “so”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 29/09/2011 /

The modern form of そ comes from the cursive form of the kanji 曽 (そ, so, i.e. “formerly”, “once”, etc.). Follow the progression of the different scripts

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figure 1 2 hiragana se horz 300x155 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): せ (i.e. “se”)

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): せ (i.e. “se”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 27/09/2011 /

The modern form of せ comes from the cursive form of the kanji 世 (せ, se, i.e. “world”, “society”), though it would seem that semi-cursive style is visually

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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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