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Kanji: 字

By Ponte Ryūrui / 09/02/2012 / 1 Comment

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 / 3 Comments

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 / 2 Comments

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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Kanji: 子

By Ponte Ryūrui / 19/01/2012 / 2 Comments

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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Kanji: 山

By Ponte Ryūrui / 11/01/2012 / 5 Comments

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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Kanji: 三

By Ponte Ryūrui / 04/01/2012 / 4 Comments

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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Kanji: 校

By Ponte Ryūrui / 24/12/2011 / 0 Comments

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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Kanji: 左

By Ponte Ryūrui / 17/12/2011 / 0 Comments

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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Kanji: 口

By Ponte Ryūrui / 13/12/2011 / 0 Comments

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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Kanji: 五

By Ponte Ryūrui / 03/12/2011 / 2 Comments

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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