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origins of kanji

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: 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: 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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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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