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figure 1 kanji etymology shou 195x300 195x300 - Kanji: 小

Kanji: 小

By Ponte Ryūrui / 24/05/2012 /

Xiao Xu Ben a revision of Shuowen Jiezi written by the Late Han dynasty scholar Xu Kai, supports the above mentioned definition of 小, by further explanation

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figure 1 kanji etymology shutsu 300x274 300x274 - Kanji: 出

Kanji: 出

By Ponte Ryūrui / 24/04/2012 /

The shape of the character 出 symbolises a step forward executed with vigour; each step starts from placing the heel on the ground. A strongly placed foot

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figure 1 kanji etymology juu 221x300 221x300 - Kanji: 十

Kanji: 十

By Ponte Ryūrui / 12/04/2012 /

the shape of 十 was based on the concept of a vertically oblong tool used for calculations (Figures 1 and 2). Please also refer to the etymology of the

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figure 1 kanji etymology sha 128x300 128x300 - Kanji: 車

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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figure 1 kanji etymology jii 145x300 145x300 - Kanji: 耳

Kanji: 耳

By Ponte Ryūrui / 01/03/2012 /

耳 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 ear.

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