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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): あ (i.e. "a").

By Ponte Ryūrui / 12/07/2011 /

The modern form of the hiragana character あ comes from the cursive form of the kanji 安 (あん, an, i.e. “relaxed”, “cheap”, or “peaceful”).

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Oracle bone script (甲骨文, こうこしゅぶん, koukotsubun)

Kanji: 王

By Ponte Ryūrui / 10/07/2011 /

The seal script form of the character 玉 (たま, tama, “sphere”, also a “jewel”), initially was mostly identical to 王 in form. The only difference was

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Figure 1. 金文 (きんぶん, kinbun, i.e. “text on metal”) form of the character員

Kanji: 円

By Ponte Ryūrui / 06/07/2011 /

The traditional form of 円 is 圓, whose most ancient form is 員. The other form of 員 was surrounded by

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Kanji: 雨

By Ponte Ryūrui / 30/06/2011 /

Kanji 雨 consist of three compounds that all add to its pictographic nature. The top part 一 represents the heavens (天,てん, ten), the 冂 (けい, kei) represents

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Figure 1. 又 (right hand), oracle bone script (甲骨文).

Kanji: 右

By Ponte Ryūrui / 26/06/2011 /

右 belongs to the 会意文字 (かいいもじ, kaii moji, i.e. characters that are a combination of two or more pictographs, or characters which meaning was based on an abstract concept).

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