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Onyomi (音読み)

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

Kanji: 王

By Ponte Ryūrui / 10/07/2011 / 0 Comments

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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Kanji: 雨

By Ponte Ryūrui / 30/06/2011 / 0 Comments

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 / 4 Comments

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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Kanji: 一

By Ponte Ryūrui / 22/06/2011 / 4 Comments

一 belongs to the 指事文字 (shiji moji, i.e. characters expressing simple abstract concept) group of characters. One theory says that the shape of kanji 一 is based on the 算木 (sangi), which were divination rods (small wooden sticks of a similar shape to matches, but longer and thicker). Sangi were

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