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人 (Hito – Person)

  • Today I’d like to talk about the Kanji: 人 (hito), which means “person” or “human.”

    In the famous Japanese drama, “Kinpachi-sensei,” this kanji was introduced something like the following:

    “This kanji, 人, represents that a person supports another person. That is to say, people are support each other.”
    「人」は “person” もしくは “human” を意味します。

    I think that many Japanese people remember this etymology about 人.

    However, this theory is wrong — actually this kanji represents one person who is standing sideways.

    It’s difficult to explain with only words, but the line extending to the upper side, the lower left, and the lower right represent a head, arms, a lower body, respectively.

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