Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Kanji Beginner: Black

This character is a little more complicated than its opposite, "white" 白, but can make sense if you break it down. Black is read as "kuro" and written as this:

The top half is these two squished down a bit:

(field or paddy)
(earth or soil)

I learned this as "If you set a field on fire (my imagining for the four dots on the bottom), what color do you get? Black!"

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