Originally written October 2012. Explained and expanded today, 27-01-2014.
Friday, October 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm UTC + 05:30
word of the day: 体 karada and 休 kyuu 。
note 1; 亻this fellow is whats called ninben, which means “person-like part-of-a-kanji”, a part-of-a-kanji is called, a radical, which means a component of a kanji. This I have described in other kanji based articles. A composite kanji is often created from various parts, with certain rules, such as what goes, on left, what goes, on right, what on top etc, and accordingly such parts are known by 7-types of radicals or ben or hen. eg shimesuhen (礻as seen in 神). eg as you see in (体 karada and 休 kyuu, we see a; 亻) .
note 2; We also should be clear that certain rules may never have been passed explicitly. eg what caused a creation of certain kanjis? At-least to my knowledge, this was not so; so I learned kanjis, slightly more than a year ago, and now there are tons, of kanji discoveries, that is, apparent rules that govern how and why these kanjis, might have been packed into a composite kanji. In-fact I have recently grown; calling them as Kanji Equations.
This site is now filled with tons of such example, and the idea, is to share some kanji discoveries, as they happen, since that can’t follow, each time a new finding is made, a rigorous explanation from beginning, if you happen to rad kanji based findings here and understand the simple observations I have been making, pass them onto your interested networks, who might then keep track of anything they would be interested to know. In essence there would be new rules, perhaps never known, this site boasts a few of such.
note 3; Following the dictum of note 2, here is one coincidental finding of today, basically it takes me very small amount of time, to see a pattern, if any, that I can recognize, given to my limited knowledge of kanji; “湖 (mizuumi) is lake because; All Side [十] Closed [口] Water [氵] strength [力] of sun [日] Phonetically (mizu + umi = water from, of; ocean. “
Since I tweeted this, its still in that form, and gives the idea succinctly how kanjis are composed. So when enough findings are made, one can hope to be able to see kanji and Japanese Language rules in a new way, that was never achieved. Its more important to keep track of the rules, phonetic rules of Japan may not be entirely known, with pictorial kanji rules. (not known in the sense of lost, perhaps, although I do not know a lot of Japanese Language, hence only experts can correct me, I am not judging.
note 4; here is what I found in a week’s time as of now, if not today; (again in tweet form) “Unification in language; Kanji. 月 = 力 + 日, also 男 = 力 + 日. same elements, different meaning. change elements slightly: 九 and 目, another 見.” Details of this finding; how meaning of kanji that relates to man, woman, month/moon etc are coined.
note 5; Before knowing what are radicals (ben or hen, the 7-type) I started searching for meaning of various radicals as I saw them, on the various composite kanjis. eg I saw, 亻in many kanjis. I searched and made sense of it; as a “trust” factor. This was last year in 2012, perhaps (If I invalidate that remark, I will bring up evidence) But after a while I learned kanji radicals (ben, hen) from Tae Moriyama’s Book. (Although I still haven’t prepped myself greatly)
So its easy to see why trust can be exactly a person. (Well perhaps some people trust animals, and not people, but totally enough trust is whats an anthropic variable, eg hunger is not) But then we have now the better knowledge, that, Japanese Language has already so very nicely categorized into radicals and other kanji based pictorial and phonetics rules.
At that time around, I had found this radical; 扌. Its called a te-hen (see hen?). Te means hand, in Japanese, as eg found in karate, which is kara + te = blank hands, blank as in, without weapon, note: kara is whats called kora in Hindi, blank paper, kora kagaz, without writing that is. From my analysis, I thought that this represents: action. Lo-and-Behold what I knew, from the formal definition, its hand-radical. Like ninben is a person-radical (that is person-like part of a kanji) this one is a hand like part of a kanji, hence denotes action.
Now lets forget the notes, they might have already stressed you out, although you shall remember for further perusal, here are the meaning of the kanji as would be obvious to a trained mind, the kanjis that we started with in the beginning of the article. 体 karada and 休 kyuu.
First off; let me tell you the meaning of karada ( — said in phonetic rule; hahaha, and not eg, hawhahu) and kyuu. ( — kyuu, said exactly as you would say this; Q, or, Que, although the 2nd u means you continue the preceding phonetic rule of u as in Q, for slightly longer time) karada means body and kyuu means break or rest-time. Sometimes phonetics are degenerated, hence same phonetics has more than one meaning, which is why we have new rules of adding “pictorial kanji”; for taking care of advancement or augmented amount of language content.
Why are those meaning, are they infer-able from the pictorials of kanji? YES. ( — This is the line of research in this website, it grows by finding the newer rules, as and when they occur. Lot of work?)
In the first kanji, 体 read as karada, there is a trust 亻+ tree 木 + line under tree; ―. [trust is person-specific, see thats what I said before knowing the formal meaning, as a radical.]
tree+line is root. Root of person is body. Hence karada is body. (Note: there may be other meaning of the kanji, tree-crossed-by-line, but this finding itself is amazing)
Similarly, kyuu is break, rest, holiday or discontinuity. Because trust or person + tree. A farmer taking break and resting under a tree. This kyuu might have become chhuti, [kyuuti, kshyuuti, suti, chhuti, xuti] Only chhuti, among the given phonetics in , is used in India now. This is as far as I know, but then phonetics alternate and mix and form new words, so, the other word in Japanese that means break is, yasumi where the yasu >> kasu, because of y/k. Then its easily recognizable as a base word for Indian: “abakash” which means break or holiday etc.