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"Woman with nipples."母 means "mother".For example...お母さん (okaasan) : mother母国 (bokoku) : mother country祖母 (sobo) : grandmotherIt's the mother's day today.Did you do any special thing?I gave my mum "Nintendo DS".Do you know that?She really wanted to have the game!(^ ^;)
>It's the mother's day today.Did you do any special thing?I called my mother to wish her Happy Mother's Day! That's what I can do because we're almost 1600Km apart. She's in seafood tour with other folks during daytime. At night, my sister & brother had dinner together with her.>I gave my mum "Nintendo DS".Do you know that?She really wanted to have the game!Wow, she's fantastic! Do you like the game too?
where do you find the information on the different parts of the kanji character? Usually I find just the meaning of the whole character, but not it's parts.
This kanji brings up an issue Ihave. In the case of "haha",母、there are two separate strokesfor the "nipple" portion. However,in 毎 or 海, which have the sameradical, the two strokes havebecome one. I'm guessing it's justfor simplicity... What do you guysthink?Originally, I studied Chinese, andit's interesting to see the changesthat have take place (like 國 vs 国)over the years, and the differentpaths of simplification thatcountries have taken. I wish therewere a book (maybe there is?) called"The history of kanji". Groovy!Akiko, your mom plays video games?Haha. That's cool! My mom too, isa gamer (even though she's now agrandmother!). She plays Gamecubeand is a total Mario Kart Master.The image of your mom sitting on thetrain, intently playing Nintendogs on her Nintendo DS just cracksme up.. ;-)Superstructure, you can find kanjidictionaries that have sections witha discussion of radicals and whatnot(albeit in Japanese...). It's veryhandy to find one that tells you thenames of the radicals: のぎへん,さんずい、くさかむり、ころもへん、など。
Yeah that is the problem, in Canada I found a Kanji dictionary for $50... and my wife told me to wait until we moved to japan to buy one.the problem is there all in Japanese here... and my Japanese bank card will not let me order from the internet.I'm just starting to study Japanese and I thing I should just memorize the whole character... if I break it down to much, I lose the meaning of the character in context.
A woman with nipples?! (*o*) Say it ain't so!! (XoX);;Okay, maybe that was too much on the sarcasm sillyness. (-_-); This is actually one of my favorite Kanji to write, since it wasn't just a 山 or a 田 with a radical in it. Sure it has 女, but its interesting to see how 女 becomes 母. I guess its true what they say, "a baby changes everything." (^.^)As for mother's day, I didn't do anything particularly special for my mom (we usually don't do much, since we try to show her appreciation all throughout the year) but we did barbeque in the evening with my family. We have this really big grill to cook lots of meat, and it tastes really good when we cook on it, so we decided to do that so my mom wouldn't cook on Sunday. I did most of the cooking, since I'm the oldest who still lives at home (I'm 20, my older brother's live outside of our house now, but they came to visit) luckily it came out well.Akiko, that's a really nice gift you got your mother, I didn't realize that would be a great gift idea for your mother, perhaps I should try that sometime. ^_^
I told my Japanese friends about the history of the kanji 母.Most of them didn't know the history and some people thought that's my own make-up history because it's too funy!! (^ ^;)>idlejikan 1600km! w(゜Ｏ゜) wYou live very far from your mother's place!How often do you see her?>Do you like the game too?Actually, I haven't tried that yet.But it sounds fun.I'll try it when I see my mum next time. :)>Life in the superStructureI know a very nice book for kanji but I cannot remember the name...I tried to find it on internet and amazon, but I couldn't.I'll check the book in this week and post comments with the information again!>Brian Do Chinese use 國 instead of 国?I didn't know that.In the past, 國 was used in Japan, too.But now the kanji is just for some names.>Akiko, your mom plays video games?Haha. That's cool!Yeah, I think playing game is good for her brain, too.Don't you think so? (^ ^)Maybe I should give her Gamecubeor Mario Kart for her birthday!If you know any other fun game for "middle aged ladies", let me know please!>Jair>I guess its true what they say, "a baby changes everything." (^.^)Interesting!Yeah, kanji sometimes inply "deep meaning", right? (^o^)Your mother's day sounds nice, too!It's the best present for mothers that they have time to spend with their family, I think.Well, I'll try to cook something for the next mother's day! (^ ^)
There is a pretty popular kanji book(It should be in any large bookstorein Japan, and amazon has it)called "Kanji Pict-o-Graphix : Over 1,000 Japanese Kanji and Kana Mnemonics"I think this is a good book to use as a starting point.Another one that might be worth a look:"Remembering the Kanji I: A CompleteCourse on How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters" (James W. Heisig).www.kanjiclinic.comThis site is fabulous.Click "Previous columns" to get alist of "clinics" on kanji. Veryinteresting and educational (but notas fun or colorful as Akiko's!).Although Taiwan still uses the oldstyle 國, mainland China uses asimplified version (多分「国」でしょう). I first studied using abook from Taiwan, and so I'm biasedtoward the more flowery looking漢字of olden days--especiallycomparing to the simplified Chinesecharacter for love!!! (It's terrible--the simplified characterhas no HEART. How can there belove without heart?). Details here:http://www.goodcharacters.com/chinese. symbol.for.love.htmlI saw 國 on a school gate in Japan.It was something like 國立なんとか大学. A usage that is few and farbetween. Taiwan uses 學 vs thesimplified 学. Japan seems to usea mixture of traditional and simplified 漢字...Oh, on the topic of 女、I heard aninteresting story somewhere aboutfemale ninja being called"kunoichi". Is this true? It'sinteresting because, くノ一 (kunoichi) can be put together toform 女.Do you see it?Oh, I totally think video games aregood for keeping the brain going.(it's a good excuse for me to playtoo! 笑). Although difficult atfirst, Mario Kart is great fun!Have a nice week!
thanks for the book names and site links Brian.I'll try to pick up "Kanji Pict-o-Graphix : Over 1,000Japanese Kanji and Kana Mnemonics", as soon as I can...On a side note, the new phones coming out by Vodafone have the Macromedia Flash Player installed.So I could create kanji flash cards on my computer using Flash MX and then load the flash cards onto my phone.
"Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters"Written by Kenneth G. Henshall This is the one that I wanted to remember the other day! (^ ^)Do you know this book?This book is quite thick and there are a lot of explanations in English for each kanji.I've seen this book in "Kinokuniya" in Shinjuku and "BOOK 1st" in Shibuya.Also I found this book in Amazon.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0804820384/sr=8-1/qid=1148473772/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-8266580-5753758?%5Fencoding=UTF8>Brian>I saw 國 on a school gate in Japan.Exactly!I guess some schools use the old one because it seems like "traditional school".Do you have similar custom in your country?>I heard an interesting story somewhere about female ninja being called "kunoichi". Is this true? I've heard the name, but I'm not sure about the details...How did you know the name!?You are much more familiar with Japanese culture rather than me. (^ ^;)
>1600km! w(゜Ｏ゜) wYou live very far from your mother's place!How often do you see her?I see her a few times each year. It takes 3.5 hours by flight.I've just come back from holiday. It's good to escape daily hustle and bustle for a while. :-)
>I've just come back from holiday. It's good to escape daily hustle and bustle for a while. :-)I agree with your idea!I went to Thailand last month.I didn't do anything special, but I relaxed and had really nice time on the beautiful beach. (^ ^)
>I went to Thailand last month.I didn't do anything special, but I relaxed and had really nice time on the beautiful beach.(^ ^)Wow, what a coincident! Me too. I went there for 6 days. I didn't do anything particular. Just relax and eat!
Your blog is very useful! And also interesting!Could you maybe write the definition of the kanji in hiragana also? I can't read very much kanji yet. Thanks for the extra effort!ありがと ございます！