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figure 1 hidari 214x300 214x300 - Kanji: 左

Kanji: 左

By Ponte Ryūrui / 17/12/2011 /

To fully understand the meaning of the character 左, one should combine it with the one of the character 右 (みぎ, migi, i.e. “right”), on which a

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figure 1 kuchi 141x300 141x300 - Kanji: 口

Kanji: 口

By Ponte Ryūrui / 13/12/2011 /

the 口 radical in characters such as 古, 右, 可, 名, 各, 吾, 吉, etc., is in fact a pictograph of a ritual vessel or container and not a mouth.

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figure 1 go 126x300 126x300 - Kanji: 五

Kanji: 五

By Ponte Ryūrui / 03/12/2011 /

五 belongs to the 仮借文字 (かしゃもじ, kashamoji, i.e. rebus (phonetic loan) characters; or in other words, characters that were borrowed phonetically to

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figure 1 inu 66x300 66x300 - Kanji: 犬

Kanji: 犬

By Ponte Ryūrui / 24/11/2011 /

犬 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 dog.

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figure 1 mi 300x189 300x189 - Kanji: 見

Kanji: 見

By Ponte Ryūrui / 19/11/2011 /

見 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 human with an exaggerated eye,

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): ね (i.e. “ne”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 10/11/2011 /

The modern form of ね comes from the cursive form of the kanji 奴 (やっこ, yakko, i.e. “servant (especially samurai’s attendant)”). Follow the progression of the

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figure 1 kanji etymology getsu 75x300 - Kanji: 月

Kanji: 月

By Ponte Ryūrui / 31/10/2011 /

月 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 crescent moon.

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figure 1 2 hiragana na horz 300x233 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): な (i.e. “na”)

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): な (i.e. “na”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 28/10/2011 /

The modern form of な comes from the cursive form of the kanji 奈 (な, na, i.e. “Nara”, “what”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in

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figure 1 2 hiragana to horz 300x167 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): と (i.e. “to”)

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): と (i.e. “to”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 24/10/2011 /

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

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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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