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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 kuu - Kanji: 空

Kanji: 空

By Ponte Ryūrui / 22/10/2011 /

空 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, encompassing

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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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figure 1 2 hiragana te horz 300x184 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): て (i.e. “te”)

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): て (i.e. “te”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 12/10/2011 /

The modern form of て comes from the cursive form of the kanji 天 (てん, ten, i.e. “heaven”, also “deva”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown

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figure 1 2 hiragana tsu horz 300x259 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): つ (i.e. “tsu”)

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): つ (i.e. “tsu”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 10/10/2011 /

The modern form of つ comes from the cursive form of the kanji 川 (かわ, kawa, i.e. “river”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in

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