1/07/2010

I like 河

For some reason, I think that is one of my favorite kanji. (And not just because I lived in the 三河 region, either!) It can mean "river" or "Milky Way," though, which is pretty cool. It's also pretty aesthetically pleasing, I think.

(Updated this post, including adding my not-often-used kanji-callout style.)

5 comments

Brian said...

Information for English readers:


Jonathan's favorite Kanji is
河(か/Ka)or (が/Ga)
can mean river just as 川(かわ/Kawa) does.

河 is comprised of eight strokes
and is (当用漢字)essential character 561 on page 127 of A Guide to Reading & Writing Japanese published in 1959.
according to the above mentioned reference work 河 can mean:

河口 kako, mouth of a river
銀河 ginga, Milky way
運河 unga, canal

Post Script:
当用漢字 has been superseded by 常用漢字

Jonathan said...

★)=========
The More You Know

;-)

Brian said...

And, Knowing is half the battle.


I am trying to turn over a new leaf this year and keep up with friends and Japanese language more.

In related news 河 is on 二級 of the Japanese proficiency test and is usually learned in the 5th grad of elementary school according to the Japanese :

日本語能力試験漢字ハンドブック
(Kanji Power Handbook for the Japanese Proficiency Test)
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Also, in honor of this being Jonathan's favorite kanji I searched for all the combinations with 河 I could find with 河 occurring as the first kanji in the combination. This list is in no way comprehensive and their of course many combination with 河 appearing as the last Kanji for example 三河. But, I am not sure how to do Boolean/wild card searches for those yet.

河漢
河内
河川
河水
河馬
河骨
河戸
河波
河合
河堀口
河名
河原
河岸
河州

Anonymous said...

河童
河馬
何かわかりますか?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kappa_(folklore)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippopotamus

Jonathan said...

Thank you both for the vocabulary. If I supposedly like this kanji so much, I shouldn't have that much trouble remembering most of them.