This kanji shows the characteristic of water. The first two strokes (the vertical line & its left-side) represent the characteristic of water that's always has a level surface (perpendicular to the gravitational force) regardless of its container. The left-side stroke is a half of a picture of a bowl of water (seen from the side). The surface of the water is perfectly horizontal despite of the curved bottom of the bowl. The last two strokes represent the characteristic of water that can move/flow in a flexible manner. The straight, diagonal line represents a blockage, and the curved line represents the flow of water that's going around the blockage, hence it's flexibility.
- 水よう日 (すいようび) Wednesday
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Consists of a horizontal line and the kanji for "stop" (止). This kanji represents a beam balance in an equilibrium (balanced state). In general, using a beam balance is about levelling the beam, which means that the beam will stop (no longer sways up & down) at a horizontal position when the amount of weight is correct. The balance scale is also used as a symbol of justice, representing equality and fairness.
- 不正 (ふせい) Injustice, Dishonesty
- 正月 (しょうがつ) New Year, New Year's Day, The first month, January
Consists of the radical for "slender" (幺) and the kanji for small (小). The "slender" radical is a picture of a curved, slender object. A slender object is easier to bend & curve (e.g. try to bend a thin wire/rope and then try the thicker one). This kanji represents a slender & small object, a thread.
This kanji is a picture of a rickshaw without the shafts. The rickshaw (which actually comes from the Japanese word "jinrikisha") was a widely used vehicle in China and Japan in the past. The uppermost & lowermost horizontal lines represent the tires of the rickshaw. The middle part represents passenger's seats.
- 人力車 (じんりきしゃ) Rickshaw
- 下車 (げしゃ) Alighting (from train, bus, etc.), Getting off
Rice, America (USA)
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- 米ドル (べいドル) US dollar
Spirit, mind, air, atmosphere, mood
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- 人気 (にんき) Popular
- 天気 (てんき) Weather
- 気に入り (きにいり) Favorite
- 本気 (ほんき) Seriousness, Truth
- 大気 (たいき) Atmosphere