Sunday, May 14, 2006

Today's kanji : 母


Today's kanji is .

The blue part describes "nipples / breast".

The red part describes "woman's body".

Woman with nipples.
(Usually women have nipples though...)

Can you guess the meaning?

Special hint : What anniversary is today? (^o^)

See the comments page for the answer!

14 comments:

  1. "Woman with nipples."

    母 means "mother".

    For example...
    お母さん (okaasan) : mother
    母国 (bokoku) : mother country
    祖母 (sobo) : grandmother

    It'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!
    (^ ^;)

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  2. >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?

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  3. 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.

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  4. This kanji brings up an issue I
    have. In the case of "haha",
    母、there are two separate strokes
    for the "nipple" portion. However,
    in 毎 or 海, which have the same
    radical, the two strokes have
    become one. I'm guessing it's just
    for simplicity... What do you guys
    think?

    Originally, I studied Chinese, and
    it's interesting to see the changes
    that have take place (like 國 vs 国)
    over the years, and the different
    paths of simplification that
    countries have taken. I wish there
    were a book (maybe there is?) called
    "The history of kanji". Groovy!

    Akiko, your mom plays video games?
    Haha. That's cool! My mom too, is
    a gamer (even though she's now a
    grandmother!). She plays Gamecube
    and is a total Mario Kart Master.

    The image of your mom sitting on the
    train, intently playing Nintendogs
    on her Nintendo DS just cracks
    me up.. ;-)

    Superstructure, you can find kanji
    dictionaries that have sections with
    a discussion of radicals and whatnot
    (albeit in Japanese...). It's very
    handy to find one that tells you the
    names of the radicals: のぎへん,
    さんずい、くさかむり、ころもへん、など。

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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. ^_^

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  7. 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゜) w
    You 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 superStructure

    I 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 Gamecube
    or 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! (^ ^)

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  8. There is a pretty popular kanji book
    (It should be in any large bookstore
    in 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 Complete
    Course on How Not to Forget the
    Meaning and Writing of Japanese
    Characters" (James W. Heisig).

    www.kanjiclinic.com
    This site is fabulous.
    Click "Previous columns" to get a
    list of "clinics" on kanji. Very
    interesting and educational (but not
    as fun or colorful as Akiko's!).

    Although Taiwan still uses the old
    style 國, mainland China uses a
    simplified version (多分「国」
    でしょう). I first studied using a
    book from Taiwan, and so I'm biased
    toward the more flowery looking
    漢字of olden days--especially
    comparing to the simplified Chinese
    character for love!!! (It's
    terrible--the simplified character
    has no HEART. How can there be
    love without heart?).
    Details here:
    http://www.goodcharacters.com/chinese.
    symbol.for.love.html

    I 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 far
    between. Taiwan uses 學 vs the
    simplified 学. Japan seems to use
    a mixture of traditional and simplified 漢字...

    Oh, on the topic of 女、I heard an
    interesting story somewhere about
    female ninja being called
    "kunoichi". Is this true? It's
    interesting because, くノ一 (kunoichi) can be put together to
    form 女.
    Do you see it?

    Oh, I totally think video games are
    good for keeping the brain going.
    (it's a good excuse for me to play
    too! 笑). Although difficult at
    first, Mario Kart is great fun!

    Have a nice week!

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  9. thanks for the book names and site links Brian.

    I'll try to pick up "Kanji Pict-o-Graphix : Over 1,000
    Japanese 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.

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  10. "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. (^ ^;)

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  11. >1600km! w(゜O゜) w
    You 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. :-)

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  12. >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.
    (^ ^)

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  13. >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!

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  14. 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!

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