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Kanji: 花

By Ponte Ryūrui / 27/08/2011 / 0 Comments

花 belongs to the 形声文字 (けいせいもじ, keiseimoji, i.e. phono-semantic compound characters). This is by far the largest group of Chinese characters, concluding

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): き (i.e. "ki")

By Ponte Ryūrui / 16/08/2011 / 2 Comments

The modern form of き comes from the cursive form of the kanji 幾 (き, ki, i.e.: “how many”, “some”, etc.). Follow the progression of the different scripts

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): か (i.e. "ka")

By Ponte Ryūrui / 11/08/2011 / 0 Comments

The modern form of か comes from the cursive form of the kanji 加 (か, ka, i.e. “addition”, “increase”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown

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Kanji: 火

By Ponte Ryūrui / 09/08/2011 / 1 Comment

火 belongs to the 象形文字(しょうけいもじ, shoukeimoji, i.e. set of characters of pictographic origin). It is a pictograph of blazing flames

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): お (i.e. "o")

By Ponte Ryūrui / 03/08/2011 / 0 Comments

The modern form of お comes from the cursive form of the kanji 於 (お, o, i.e. “at, in, on, as for”). Follow the progression of the different scripts

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): え (i.e. “e”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 29/07/2011 / 2 Comments

The word えい (えい, ei, i.e. “eternity”) written in Japanese Kana (かな) script. The hiragana character い is based on the cursive form of the kanji 以

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Kanji: 下

By Ponte Ryūrui / 26/07/2011 / 0 Comments

下 belongs to the 指事文字 (しじもじ, shijimoji, i.e. set of characters expressing simple abstract concepts). The original idea expressed by the

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): う (i.e. “u”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 23/07/2011 / 0 Comments

The modern form of う comes from the cursive form of the kanji 宇 (う, u, i.e. “counter for buildings”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown

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Kanji: 音

By Ponte Ryūrui / 18/07/2011 / 0 Comments

音 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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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): い (i.e. "i")

By Ponte Ryūrui / 14/07/2011 / 0 Comments

The modern form of い comes from the cursive form of the kanji 以 (い, i, i.e. “by means of”, “because of”, etc.). Follow the different scripts shown in

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