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『金Kin』『銀Gin』『銅Dou』ーabout Kanji and radicalsー


Kanji can be divided into several parts. These parts have the same shape and are called “部首(Busyu)”. “部首(Busyu)” of the same shape often represent the same meaning. Kanji with “金” as ”部首(Busyu)” The first place winner at the Olympics receives a 『金(Kin)』=『gold』 medal. So what medals do the second and third place finishers get? The second-place finisher will receive a 『銀(Gin)』=『silver』 medal, and the third-place finisher will receive a 『銅(Dou)』=『bronze』 medal. Both of these kanji have the radical ”部首(Busyu)”『金』. This radical is called “Kane-hen”. The word “kane” represents money. There are many Kanji that represent “money” and “metal” in “Kanehen”. …

Manekineko【beckoning cat】


Have you ever heard of an ornament called a “beckoning cat”? In English, “Neko” means “cat” and “Maneku” means “beckon. There are many stories about the beginnings of beckoning cats, but it is said that they began to be made in the Edo period. Nowadays in Japan, you can see beckoning cats in food and souvenir stores. What is the meaning of a beckoning cat? Meaning of hand raising It is said that the hand held up by a beckoning cat has the following meaning. It is also said that the higher the height of the hand, the farther away …