The Heart of Kanji

THE HEART OF KANJI: Appreciate nature

自(Shi, ji) means “me or myself.” This character indicates a nose. 然 (Zen) means nature. The left side of the top of this word indicates meat, and the right side symbolizes a wild dog. The bottom represents fire or flames. 感 (Kan) means “feeling.” The top of this character represents a fruit tree and the […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Take care of yourself

自 (Ji) means “yourself.” This character represents a person’s nose. In Japanese culture, people point to their nose when they say “me or myself.” 分 (Bun) means “a part of.” The top part of this word represents two pieces, and below this symbolizes a knife. Together, this character shows that our life was divided from […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Heart of kindness for people and all things

人 (Hito) means “person.” 全て (Subete) This character, which represents a form of the person, means “everything.” The top of this word symbolizes the roof of a warehouse that stores many valuable items. 親 (Shin or oya) means “parents.” The top left side represents a person standing, and the bottom of this character represents a […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Help one another

相 (Ai or so) means “each other.” The left side of this character represents a tree and the right side represents an eye. Together, your eye looks at a tree with deep care. This can also represent the deep care we have for others. 与 (Yo) means “give.” This word is a form of giving […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: The power of the immune system

生 (Sei) means “life.” The bottom of this character indicates soil and above it is a bud or a sprout. 命 (Mei or inochi) means “life.” The top line represents a person. Beneath the person is “one.” Beneath this indicates “beating.” Collectively, the person’s heartbeat helps them to live. 力 (Ryoku, chikara) means power, which […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Deep breath

深い (Fukai) means “deep.” The left side of this character indicates water and the right side represents a baby coming out of a womb.息 (Iki) means “breath.” The top of this character represents a nose, while the bottom symbolizes a human heart. The air reaches our heart through our lungs and nose. As you know, […]

The Heart of Kanji: Great ambition

大 (dai, ookii) means “great or big.” This character represents a tall person who is standing. 志 (Shi, kokorozashi) means “ambition.” The top part of this character depicts a samurai sword and the character below represents a human heart. Together, they depict a person with great ambition who will act like a samurai with a […]

The Heart of Kanji: Chikyu Ni Kansha: “Appreciate the Earth”

地 (chi) means ”ground.” The left side indicates soil and the right side indicates a moving snake. Together, these characters represent the uneven and changeable nature of the ground and the Earth. 球 (kyu) means “round ball” and this character represents its shape. 感 (kan) means “feeling.” The top lines indicate a fruit tree, the […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Prayer and leaving it to Kami/Universe

This is the fourth rule for a harmonious relationship. 祈 り (ki, inori) means “prayer.” The left side represents an offering on a table for Kami, and the right side indicates an axe. After hunting animals with the axe, you can offer the animal to Kami on the altar. 任 す(nin, makasu) means “leave up.” […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Your own happiness

This is the third rule for a harmonious relationship. 自 (ji) means “own.” This indicates a nose. When Japanese people introduce themselves to other people, they point to their own nose. 分 (bun) means “divide into two.” The bottom lines of this character are a knife and the top means to cut one thing into […]

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