On Kanji

Kanji Blog Post #2

Verbal Logic Puzzle

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8 Responses to “Kanji Blog Post #2”

  1. edward a schatz Says:

    This lady is sharp, I hope everyone is reading her column and books. She has an innate insight into a wide spectrum of subjects, language, art, architecture, and more. Has me looking into the nature of Kanji, seems to be an very interesting deciphering of Japanese text or script. Perhaps this skill will lead her into a deeper understanding of Japanese architecture, one that has a profound influence on the green and organic architects of our time. Her sensitivity towards the subjects will lead her to a bright future in writing, and may just give Thoreau a run for the money. e a schatz- architectural archivist/photographer.

  2. Hiroshi Mori Says:

    In each post, the author always presents the main theme of the post in a witty manner. One Japanese word that is close in meaning (but not equal) to the theme in this post, “taxed and spent” may be “消耗する” (to wear out), which incidentally is not included among the compound words. “消耗する” is used to refer to a state of mind (and body) as well as to a machine or tool.  

  3. ebet dudley Says:

    By golly miss, you are a vivid circumstance! Thank you for this marvelous venue for wasting time! Back when I was studying Japanese I used to invent imaginary kanzi based on their definitions, so I’m delighted to find someone who really knows what she’s doing. On the topic of psycho-economics, I thought you might fancy a lucky riposte that came to me, for once “a chambre” instead of “sur l’escalier,” in response to a whine from a longstanding commitaphobe – “If you want me to validate your feelings, you have to buy something first.”

  4. Eve Kushner Says:

    I blush! Thanks to my readers for all the nice comments!

    I appreciate Ebet’s reference to “esprit de l’escalier,” or “wit of the staircase,”
    referring to those moments when one thinks of a perfect comment much too late. What a great phrase! I wonder what the Japanese equivalent is!

  5. Tourne Says:

    I found your wonderful Kanji blog through JapanesePod101. The posts are fascinating and I’m really enjoying working my way through the archive. I didn’t find any wet/dry combinations yet, but Nelson did throw up a couple of fun ones under hot water. 湯湯婆 – yutampo, hot water bottle (lots of water there!) and 湯場 – yuba, hot springs bathroom (only different at water and earth). Thanks for posting this blog, I look forward to many happy hours of reading.

  6. Eve Kushner Says:

    Hi, Tourne. Thanks so much for the nice comment! Funny–your comment anticipated my upcoming (9/28) blog in 2 ways (one related to an abundance of water, one related to the yomi “yuba”).

    And … oh my goodness, I just realized that with 湯湯婆 (yutampo), you’ve made a major contribution to the discussion of two kanji in a row with different yomi!!! See
    http://blogs.japanesepod101.com/blog/2007/08/03/getting-a-fix-japanese-style on the JapanesePod101.com site or Kanji Blog Post #16 on this site!

  7. Suvarna Says:

    Wav… u r simply gr8. I too love kanji, and I became fascinated, when i discovered the meaning of the kanjis for ashita… bright day! We all live with a gr8 hope that tomorrow will be brighter, that makes painful today tolerable. I really fall in love with the Kanjis when i realized the underlying deep meaning in simple word like Ashita… then comes the day of New Year… in Jap. way its meant to be the correct day. What a gr8 thinking … we always decide to correct the mistakes that we commited in the year not to be repeated in the coming New Year and make lots of resolutions.
    I also love the kanji for Hazukashii… we feel bit ashamed if someone hear whats in our mind/ heart, isnt it?
    I really appreciate your blog, yah the kanjis who coined the terms r superb… with deep thinking, both technical and philosophical.
    The kanji for Enlightenment- Satoru… heart n five…. five senses becoming a mind/ heart… or conquring all 5 senses can lead us to our own Mind is nothing but enlightenment.
    Thanks a lot. I will read ur blog regularly, its really fascinating. Domou domou arigatou gozaimasu.
    God Bless you.
    with love n warm regards.

  8. Eve Kushner Says:

    Hi, Suvarna!

    Thanks so much for the wonderful, impassioned comment! Really great to read!

    I hadn’t made the same connection about “satoru”! Fascinating point!!! And although I’ve thought about “hazukashii” quite a bit, I hadn’t seen it in the same way you did! Great point!

    It is indeed wonderful when characters or compounds can change the way you see the world!!!

    Hope to hear from you again!

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