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Kanji: 手

By Ponte Ryūrui / 08/04/2012 /

Although the modern form of the character 手 may be somewhat misleading (6 fingers), the “hand” radical 扌 still resembles the ancient pictographs. One must remember

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Kanji: 車

By Ponte Ryūrui / 12/03/2012 /

we find a definition of 車, stating that it is a cart equipped with a seat(s) (human pulled carriage or sedan chair on wheels). Xu shen also indicates that

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figure 1 kanji etymology shichi 221x300 221x300 - Kanji: 七

Kanji: 七

By Ponte Ryūrui / 08/03/2012 /

the symbolic meaning of the character 七, describing it as one of the sacred numbers (聖数, pinyin: shèngshù), which are further split into two groups

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Kanji: 字

By Ponte Ryūrui / 09/02/2012 /

字 is composed of two characters, 子 (し, shi, “child”) and 宀 (べん, ben, i.e. “roof” radical, found in Chinese characters). 宀 in the character 字 symbolizes a

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Kanji: 糸

By Ponte Ryūrui / 01/02/2012 /

To understand the reasoning behind this classification one needs to look at the old form of the character 糸, which is 絲. 絲 is a combination of two

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Kanji: 四

By Ponte Ryūrui / 25/01/2012 /

However, the modern shape of the character 四 has no ancient forms. The oldest form of this character is found on two of the ten stones of the Sekkobun . The

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figure 1 kanji etymology shi 300x247 300x247 - Kanji: 子

Kanji: 子

By Ponte Ryūrui / 19/01/2012 /

子 is believed to be ruled by the water element (one of the four elements of nature that define the Chinese zodiac, and those are: 木 {pinyin: mù, i.e.

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figure 1 kanji etymology yama 141x3001 141x300 - Kanji: 山

Kanji: 山

By Ponte Ryūrui / 11/01/2012 /

The sound and secondary meanings of the character 山 are strongly related to ancient Chinese myths. In “Explaining Simple (Characters) and

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figure 1 kanji etymology san 300x272 300x272 - Kanji: 三

Kanji: 三

By Ponte Ryūrui / 04/01/2012 /

三 is also closely related to the divinatory system of 64 hexagrams, introduced in the Book of Changes, also known as Five Classics (易経, pinyin: Yì jīng) whose

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figure 1 kanji etymology kou 226x300 226x300 - Kanji: 校

Kanji: 校

By Ponte Ryūrui / 24/12/2011 /

校 consists of two main radicals, which are 木 (き, ki, i.e. “wood”) and 交 (こう, kō, i.e. “mingle”, “mixing”). 木 is a pictograph of a tree, whereas 交 is the

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