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Monday, 21 November 2011

Valley

Reading: KOKU, tani, ya

Strokes: 7

Etymology:  Beautiful.

Mouth, the bottom character, doubles as opening.

The two long downward strokes mean splitting.

Thus, opening + splitting = gorge, valley, or deeply widely split open.

Mnemonic: VALLEY IS DOUBLY SPLIT OPEN

NOTE: This character is prevalent in surnames.

Combinations: 

幽谷 (yuukoku) deep ravine
長谷川 (hasegawa) surname
谷口 (taniguchi) surname

(Based upon Henshall, 1998)

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