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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Heaven

Reading: TEN, ama

Strokes: 4

Etymology:  Originally written showing a person with an enlarged head, which symbolised uppermost / upper part.  This character then became associated with that which is up above.

Mnemonic: PERSON'S HEAD IS CLOSEST PART TO HEAVEN


Combinations:

天使 (tennshi) angel
天皇 (tenno) emperor
天下り (amakudari) descent from heaven

(Based upon Henshall, 1998)

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