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kanji-a-day:

85/2000

JLPT: N4

School Grade: 3rd (8 years old)

This character combines man ⺅and  weapon 弋. It first came to mean substitute from the idea of an army getting stronger as weapons were substituted for man power. When buying things, money is substituted for a commodity; thus 代 also means price. An associated meaning is generation.

(By the way, this description (as well as some others that have already been posted) was literally copied out of this book. I don’t really have original stuff to say about the characters and don’t exactly know how to phrase their origins better than how it’s done in the books that I own.)

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kanji-a-day:

84/2000

JLPT: N5

School Grade: 2nd (7 years old)

This character is a simplification of the Buddhist symbol 卍, and was given the same pronunciation as a character meaning “many virtues.” It eventually came to mean ten thousand.

I always remembered it because my friend pointed out that if you were to draw a little circle above the line, it would look like a person. (person > man > MAN > ten thousand)

» time 1 day ago   » notes 74
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kanji-a-day:

83/2000

JLPT: N5

School Grade: 1st (6 years old)

This character is a combination of ten and man 亻(the form of used in combinations). It once meant many people but eventually came to mean thousand.

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kanji-a-day:

82/2000

JLPT: N5

School Grade: 1st (6 years old)

This character combines (one) and (white, or in this case, rice grain) and represents a bag of rice. This in turn suggests a large number, at least one hundred.

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kanji-a-day:

81/2000

JLPT: N2

School Grade: 4th (9 years old)

According to one source this character is a combination of 中 middle (here representing a bamboo pipe in which records would be stored) and 又 a hand.

» time 4 days ago   » notes 71
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kanji-a-day:

80/2000

JLPT: N4

School Grade: 2nd (7 years old)

This character is a (now highly stylized) pictogram of a heart.

kanji-a-day:

79/2000

JLPT: N5

School Grade: 1st (6 years old)

This character developed from a pictorgram of an acorn (the meaning white being associated with the color of the acorn’s flesh). Though another source says it represents a grain of rice, which also makes sense.

» time 6 days ago   » notes 98
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kanji-a-day:

78/2000

JLPT: N5

School Grade: 1st (6 years old)

This character is made up of 一 and because the top line represents a level above a man with outstretched arms.

So you can think of it as man with his arms spread wide looking up towards heaven (represented by the horizontal line).

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kanji-a-day:

77/2000

JLPT: N4

School Grade: 2nd (7 years old)

This character is in the shape of a craftsman’s ruler.

It also looks essentially identical to katakana e (エ).

» time 1 week ago   » notes 70
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kanji-a-day:

76/2000

JLPT: N3

School Grade: 3rd (8 years old)

This character combines ⺅(the human radical) and 匕 (which is a kanji that means spoon and looks like katakana hi (ヒ)).

Kanji Look and Learn suggests remembering this by thinking of ⺅as a person standing and 匕 as the same person sitting down. He is changing his position.

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