Random Kanji Knowledge: Tora

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Random Kanji Knowledge: Kanji is a complicated means of conveying language. With literally thousands of symbols that have different readings depending on context, the layers of complexity can prove overwhelming. However, beyond the squiggly lines lies sophistication to those patient and diligent enough to learn. Kanji is really cool in this regard.
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Today’s kanji is 虎, which is pronounced tora (toe-rah.) It is the kanji for tiger, as in the largest cat in the world. 

The stroke order.

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Random Kanji Knowledge: Tamago

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Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is , which is read as tamago (tah-mah-go).  means “egg.” With Easter tomorrow and all, eggs are very iconic for the holiday.


The stroke order for  is shown below.
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Random Kanji Knowledge: Kizuna

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Today’s kanji is 絆, which is read as kizuna (key-zoo-na). 絆 means “bonds” (as in bonds that are emotional, relationship-driven and otherwise.)

絆 is a word you hear the Japanese say a lot. It’s important to talk about the “bonds” you have with others and what it means to you.

Source.
The stroke order for 絆 is shown below.
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Random Kanji Knowledge: Koibito

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Random Kanji Knowledge: Kanji is a complicated means of conveying language. With literally thousands of symbols that have different readings depending on context, the layers of complexity can prove overwhelming. However, beyond the squiggly lines lies sophistication to those patient and diligent enough to learn. Kanji is really cool in this regard.
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Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 恋人, which is read as koibito (ko-ee-bee-toe).

恋 is the symbol for “love/romance.”

人 means “person.”

Put two and two together, and 恋人 turns into “lover/sweetheart.” 恋人 is often used in reference to one’s boyfriend/girlfriend/significant other.

The stroke order for 恋人 is shown below.
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Random Kanji Knowledge: Shiai

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Random Kanji Knowledge: Kanji is a complicated means of conveying language. With literally thousands of symbols that have different readings depending on context, the layers of complexity can prove overwhelming. However, beyond the squiggly lines lies sophistication to those patient and diligent enough to learn. Kanji is really cool in this regard.
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Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 試合, which is read as shiai (shi-eye).

試合 refers to a “match/game,” such as a sporting event.

証 is the symbol for things like “test” or “try.”

合  is the kanji to “fit/join.”

In other words, you can think of 試合 as an “encounter to test,” or at least the means of seeing who is better competitively. In a sense.

The stroke order for 試合 is shown below. Continue reading

Random Kanji Knowledge: Yuugou

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Random Kanji Knowledge: Kanji is a complicated means of conveying language. With literally thousands of symbols that have different readings depending on context, the layers of complexity can prove overwhelming. However, beyond the squiggly lines lies sophistication to those patient and diligent enough to learn. Kanji is really cool in this regard.
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Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 融合, which is read as yuugou (YUU-goh).

融合 is often used in the context of “fusion,” as in a literal unity between multiple things.

融 is a symbol for “dissolving” or “melting.”

合 represents something “fitting in” or “joining (together).”

So in a sense, 融合 represents how things can “combine” and fit together as one.

The stroke order for 融合 is shown below. Continue reading

Random Kanji Knowledge: Tokei

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Random Kanji Knowledge: Kanji is a complicated means of conveying language. With literally thousands of symbols that have different readings depending on context, the layers of complexity can prove overwhelming. However, beyond the squiggly lines lies sophistication to those patient and diligent enough to learn. Kanji is really cool in this regard.
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Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 時計, which is read as tokei (toh-kay).

時計 means “watch/clock/timepiece.”

時 means things like “time” or “hour.”

計 represents the symbol for “measuring.”

So put together, 時計 could be perceived as “measuring time.”

The stroke order for 時計 is shown below. Continue reading