The Heart of Kanji

THE HEART OF KANJI: Live life with no regrets

後悔 (Koukai) means “regret.” The first character’s left side represents “moving forward,” and the right side shows a string tied to a foot. Together, it symbolizes not being able to move forward because we are pulled back by the string. The second character represents a heart on the left side and “life” and “mother” on […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: What is the difference between concern and worry?

心配り (Kokorokubari) means “concern.” The first character indicates the human heart. The second character’s left side represents a tokkuri (sake container) and the right side represents a person who is bending at the waist to serve it. 心配 (Shinpai) means “worry about something.” 心配り (Kokorokubari) and 心配 (shinpai). If you look at the kanji characters, […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: How to maintain a good heart at all times

常 (Tsune) means “always.” This character’s top lines indicate the roof of a house, a window and steam coming out of the vents of the house. The bottom lines indicate a person who is wearing an apron. Together, this character shows a person cooking with a calm heart. 良 (Yoki) means “good.” This character represents […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: We survive through our breathing

人 (Hito) means ”a person.” This character represents two people supporting each other. 息 (Iki) means “breath.” The top lines indicate a human nose and the lines below indicate a human heart. Air passes through our nose to our lungs and heart. 生 (Ikiru) means “a life.” The bottom lines represent soil and the top […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: We tend to believe we are always right

私 (Watakushi) means “I or me.” The left side of this represents a rice plant and the right side represents arms. The rice plant is held in a person’s arms. 正 (Tadashii) means “right.” The top line indicates the goal and the lines below indicate a foot, showing you walking toward the goal. 思 (Omoi) […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Practice seeing the good side

良 (Yoi) means “good.” The top lines indicates a box and the lines below indicate measuring something correctly. 方 (Ho) means “direction.” This word indicates a small boat heading in a certain direction. 見 (Miru) means “look or see.” This word represents the human eye. 練習 (Renshu) means “learn or practice.” The left side of […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Adversity is a good master

逆境 (Gyakkyou) means “adversity.” The left side of the character 逆 represents a path and the right side represents a person upside down. The left side of the character 境 indicates soil and the right side indicates the sound of footsteps. For the character 良 (yoki), the top lines indicate a box and the lines […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: A smiling face is a good vaccine

笑顔 (Waraigao) means “a laughing face.” The first character’s top lines represent bamboo and the lines below represent a person who is laughing like a bamboo stalk shaking back and forth. The second character’s left side represents a face and the right side represents a head. 良 (Yoi or yoki) means “good or right.” This […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Our heart is invisible but has great value

見 (Me) means “to see or look.” This character represents the human eye.  心 (Kokoro) means “heart,” and looks like an anatomical human heart.  価値 (Kachi) means ”value.” The left side of the first character represents a person and the right side represents treasures in a box. The right side of the second character represents […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: A country can be changed by a bouquet of flowers

一 (Hito, ichi) means “one.” This number indicates one finger. (Taba) means “bunch.” This word symbolizes wood or flowers tied with string. 花 (Hana) means ”flower.” The top portion of the character represents a plant, the left side represents a person and the right represents a person who is upside down. 国 (Kuni) means “country.” […]

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