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Thursday, 19 January 2012

Year

Reading: NEN, toshi

Strokes: 6

Etymology: A stylised version of rice-plant and person bending, to indicate the annual harvest, which symbolised the completion of the yearly cycle.

Hint: Take the top character as person, and the lower character as a variant of well (井).


Mnemonic: PERSON VISITS WELL EVERY YEAR


Combinations:

来年 (rainen) next year
五年生 (gonensei) fifth grader
年寄り (toshiyori) old person

(Based upon Henshall, 1998)

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