THE HEART OF KANJI: Love is like rain from a cloud in the sky

愛 (Ai) means “love.” The top of this character is a person rowing a boat, the middle portion is a heart and the bottom portion is a footstep. All together, this symbolizes the feeling that a boat cannot go fast enough when someone is looking forward to meeting with their loved one. 空 (Sora) means […]

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: Appreciation and apology

感 (Kan) means “feeling.” The top lines represent a fruit tree, the small box in the center of this character is a mouth, and the bottom lines represent a heart. 謝 (Sha) means “the expression of one’s appreciation or apology.” The left side of this character symbolizes talking and the right side represents a person […]

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.” […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: As you understand death, you understand life

æ­» (Shi) means “death.” The left character represents a bone and the right represents a person who is buried beneath the ground. 知る (Shiru) means “knowledge.” The left side indicates an arrow and the right indicates a mouth. Together, a person can talk quickly and expertly when they have great knowledge. 生 (Sei) means “life.” […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Your heart is just like a mirror. When you get angry, your mirror becomes cloudy

è…¹ (Hara) means “belly.” The left side represents a piece of meat and the right side represents our internal organs. ç«‹ (Tate) means “stand.” This word represents a person standing. 心 (Kokoro) means “heart.” This word represents the human heart. 鏡 (Kagami) means “mirror.” The left side indicates gold found in a mountain quarry and […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: How a small bird can become your teacher

私 (Watakushi) means “I, myself.” The left side of this word represents a rice plant and the right side represents arms. As one character, it shows a person holding lots of rice with both their arms. å…ˆ (Sen, saki) means “before or after.” The top of this word indicates a person’s foot and the portion […]

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