Lesson in Japanese

What’s the most important symbol in the Japanese (and Chinese) language?

Kanji: Hito

Kanji: Hito – thank you bonsai4me.com

Hito – human being.
For a European it’s just another unreadable symbol.
But as most Chinese and by that way Japanese Kanji symbols are derived from pictures, the beauty lies within.

Kanji: hito and the shape behind

Kanji: hito and the shape behind – thank you amazingjapan.eu

Hito is derived from the shape of two people being bound and entwined.
Scarcity of space and land coerces them to stand to together.
The sheer amount of peers requires one to look after the other. Less food for more people is to be shared.
Two people conflated into one symbol and into a far reaching meaning – human being.

It might be the key element behind most Asian cultures.

Europe? More space per head since the ancient times and a looooooot of distance to the other could spur the rivalry for food which shot Europe as a military power ahead of other areas.

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3 Responses to “Lesson in Japanese”

  1. 2 t4roam June 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Wow, thanks. Exactly what I was looking for.
    The article above originates from a long conversation with a Japanese but he could not give me additional source to work on.

    Troo, you seem to be very adept in terms of Japan, aren’t you?

    • 3 Troo June 16, 2010 at 12:18 am

      I’ve been a few times, made some forays into studying the language, that kind of thing. I wouldn’t say very adept, but I know a bit 🙂

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