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Friday, 21 October 2011

Kanji structure (6)

The frame radical (kamae or gamae):

This is an enclosure radical, and is used in a variety of forms.

For example:

(かん/あいだ)means space.  Do you see the sun (ひ)shining through a space in the gate (もん)?

In  (くに)meaning country,  encloses a simplified version of  (いき)meaning a delineated area.  

Thus, delineated area + enclosed space = country.

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