30 May 2012

Kanji Lesson 18

To pull
Consists of the bow radical (弓) and a vertical line that represents the bow string. The bow string is the part that will be repeatedly pulled while the bow is being used.

  • 引き出し (ひきだし)  Drawer, Withdrawal / Drawing out
  • 引き上げる (ひきあげる)  To pull up, To lift up

Body, Substance
Consist of the human radical and the kanji for counting long, cylindrical object (本). Together, they represent the general shape of human body, which is long and cylindrical.

  • 大体 (だいたい) General, Approximately
  • 体力 (たいりょく) Physical strength

Round, Circle, Full, Perfection
Consists of the kanji "nine" (九), and the kanji "one" (一) which is shortened and slightly skewed. Together, they represent the notion of the beginning (1, the first non-zero number) combining with the ending (9, the last single digit number in decimal system). A circle has a beginning point that coincides (combines) with the ending point.
  • 日の丸 (ひのまる) Outline of the sun, The Japanese flag

Heart, Mind
This kanji is a simplified picture of human heart, which consists of four main vessels that transport blood from, and to a muscular sac.
  • 中心 (ちゅうしん) Center, Centre

Old, Ancient, Antiquated
This kanji is a picture of a pioneer plant growing on a rock (barren land). Pioneer plants (e.g mosses, lichens) are the first plants to inhabit barren lands and set up a favorable condition for other plants to grow. Therefore, they are the "oldest" plant.

  • 中古 (ちゅうこ) Used, Second-hand, Old
  • 古本 (ふるほん) Secondhand book

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