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BO, haha, (o)kaa(san)
MOTHER

“Two nippled breasts full of MOTHER’s milk.”
HOKU, kita
NORTH

“Two Eskimos back-to-back to keep warm in the NORTH”
JI, tera
TERA

“TEMPLE stands on a small measure of soil”
西
SEI, SAI, nishi
WEST

“In the WEST one finds an opening if
he stands on his own two feet.”
NIKU
FLESH, MEAT

"Think of a piece of marbled meat."
KA, nani, nan
WHICH, WHAT

“Person peeks through opening to see what’s WHAT.”
YUU, tomo
FRIEND

“Two hands joined in FRIENDship”
KO, to
DOOR, HOUSEHOLD

“One bends to pass through the low DOOR.”
CHI, ike
POND, RESERVOIR

“Creature emerges from the watery POND.”
KOKU, tani
VALLEY

“The sky over the VALLEY is like a split roof.”
SHA, yashiro
COMPANY, SHINTO SHRINE

“The shinto SHRINE is an ALTAR set in the soil.”
HAN, naka(ba)
HALF, SEMI-, MIDDLE
TOU, a(taru/teru)
THIS, THAT

“Only a few hands HIT the mark”
GOU, GA, KA, a(u/waseru/wasu)
TOGETHER, TOTAL, COMBINE

“A single door under the roof is a good COMBINATION
and a good FIT.”
GAI, GE, soto, hoka
OTHER, FOREIGN, OUTSIDE, EXTERNAL

“At night, one looks through the crack
between the worlds to see OUTSIDE.”
KOU, hiro(i)
WIDE, BROAD

“I sit under the WIDE lean-to”
SETSU, SAI, ki(ru/reru)
CUT, FINISH, TO CUT

“CUT with seven swords”
TAI, TEI, karada
BODY, OBJECT, FORM

The BODY is the root of the person
ZU, TO, haka(ru)
DRAWING, PLAN, DIAGRAM

MAP of an enclosed field, where x marks the spot.
DAI, TAI
STAND, PLATFORM, COUNTER FOR VEHICLES

I STAND on the PLATFORM and open my mouth
JI, SHI, mizuka(ra)
SELF, ONESELF

“My nose and my eye belong to mySELF”
SEI, SHOU, koe, kowa
VOICE

“VOICE of Samurai at the door”
DOU, ona(ji)
SAME

Diameter of a circle - SAME in all directions
MAI
EVERY, EACH

“Every person has a MOTHER.”
KOU, hikari, hikara(ru)
LIGHT, TO SHINE

A big fire puts out LIGHT and SHINES
KOU, kanga(eru)
THINK

“Bent old man does little but THINK of being buried
in the earth.”
TEI, DAI, DE, otouto
YOUNGER BROTHER, PUPIL

“YOUNGER BROTHER bends bow only half as far,
and braces himself with a leg.”
KEI, GYOU, katachi, kata
SHAPE, FORM

“The lattice window has a PATTERN
SHAPED as delicate as hair.”
KI
STEAM

“STEAM is the spirit of water.”
SAKU, SA, tsuku(ru)
WORK, TO MAKE, PRODUCE

“Person with a saw can BUILD stuff.”
MAI, BEI, kome
RICE, AMERICA

"Think of 8 grains of rice aranged in a circle."
KAKU, kado, tsuno
CORNER

“You’ll find an ANGULAR horn at the northwest
CORNER of the funny looking rice paddy.”
IN, hi(ku/keru)
PULLING, ATTRACTION, TO PULL

“PULL on the bowstring.”
TOU, fuyu
WINTER

“In the WINTER, hand with stick breaks ice”
SHIN, kokoro
HEART, MIND, SPIRIT

“Think of HEART and great vessels.”
KIN, chika(i)
NEAR

“Take your ax and proceed to the NEAREST tree.”
TAI, TA, futo(i)(ru)
BIG, FAT, FATTEN

“BIG ol’ FAT guys always have little peckers.”
U, ha, hane
FEATHER, WING

"Two feathers side by side."
KOU, GYOU, AN, i(ku), yu(ku)
GO, TO GO, DO, TRAVEL

“GO-GO!”
KAI, E, mawa(ru/su)
(HOW MANY) TIMES, TURN AROUND, TURN(S)
YOU, mochi(iru)
BUSINESS, ERRAND, USE

“USE the fence on your way to the BUSINESS ERRAND.”
SHOKU, SHIKI, iro, iro(ppoi)
COLOR, SEXY

“COLORful tale about bodies bent in SEX act.”
CHI, JI
EARTH, LAND

“EARTH creature rises from the soil.”
SHOU, suko(shi)
A LITTLE, A FEW

“Small plus a LITTLE extra.”
TA, oo(i)
MANY

“SOLID old enclosure.”
MOU, ke
HAIR, FUR, WOOL
KOU, ma(jiru/zaru/zeru)
MINGLE, MIX, COMING AND GOING

“MIX six crosses.”
GEN, GON, koto, i(u)
WORD, TO SAY, TO CALL

“Think of sound waves coming from mouth
with SPEECH.”
KAI, E, a(u)
MEETING, GROUP, TO MEET

“Two people MEET under a roof."
SOU, hashi(ru)
RUN, TO RUN

“RUNners feet on the ground.”
NAN, NA, minami
SOUTH

“SOUTH of the border, it costs only ten yen.”
KOKU, kuni
COUNTRY, NATION

“COUNTRY maintains its treasures inside a border.”
JI, toki
TIME, HOUR

“At the TEMPLE, they measure time by the sun.”
CHA, SA
TEA, LIGHT BROWN

“TEA plant grows on roof over tree.”
KOU, taka(i)(meru)
HIGH, TALL, EXPENSIVE

“Lid covers two openings in TALL enclosure.”
MON, kado
GATE
SEI, SHOU, hoshi
STAR

“The sun is a STAR that nourishes life.”
SHI, omo(u)
THINK, TO THINK

“Look into your heart, and THINK about the rice paddy.”
KA, KE, ie, ya
HOUSE, FAMILY, PERSON, SHOP

“That FAMILY keeps a pig under the roof of their SHOP.”
SHITSU, muro
ROOM, CHAMBER

“Reach under the roof into the ROOM with the dirt floor
to grab the arrow.”
SHI, aki
AUTUMN, FALL

“In the AUTUMN we set fire to rice plants.”
SHUN, haru
SPRING

“In the SPRING, the sun warms the branches.”
KA, GE, natsu
SUMMER

“SUMMER mask descends over the winter.”
SHI, kami
PAPER

“My clan uses this thread to make PAPER.”
KYOU, KEI, miyako
CAPITAL, METROPOLIS

“Think of a lantern at the CAPITAL.”
CHOU, naga(i)
LONG

“Think of LONG hair over shoulders, arms and legs.”
TEN, mise
STORE, SHOP

“STORE is through that opening in the lean-to building.”
HO, BU, FU, aru(ku), ayu(mu)
WALK, STEP, PACE

“Stop for a little bit and take a WALK.”
JAKU, yowa(i)(maru/meru/ru)
WEAK, WEAKENING

“Two bows are WEAKened by laying on ice.”
BA, uma, ma
HORSE

“HORSE with four legs and drooping tail
in a corral.”
CHOKU, JIKI, nao(su/ru)
STRAIGHT, STRAIGHTEN, FIX, IMMEDIATELY

“Ten eyes are FIXED on two STRAIGHT lines.”
SHO, ka(ku)
WRITING, BOOKS, TO WRITE, DRAW

“Brush WRITING on the sun.”
BAI, u(ru/reru)
SALES, TO SELL

“Samurai stands behind SALES counter.”
BAKU, mugi
WHEAT, BARLEY

“Grow the BARLEY as winter descends.”
TSUU, TSU, too(ru/su)
PASS, GO THROUGH, PASS BY

“Ma GOES THROUGH the service gate”
MAI, imouto
YOUNGER SISTER

“My YOUNGER SISTER is an immature woman.”
RI, sato
VILLAGE, ONE'S PARENTS

“My PARENTS work the soil in rice
paddies in my VILLAGE.”
GYO, sakana
FISH

“Think of a horned fish with four scales and four fins.”
GA, KAKU, ega(ku)
PICTURE, DRAWING, DRAW, PAINT

“Think of a PICTURE of a rice paddy in a frame,
hanging by a wire.”
RAI, kuru
COMING, NEXT, TO COME

“COME to put a lid on the rice.”
GAN, iwa
ROCK

“ROCK lies underneath the mountain.”
MEI, MYOU, aka(rui)
LIGHT, NEXT, BRIGHT

“Sun and moon together are very BRIGHT.”
CHUU, hiru
DAYTIME, NOON

“Sun lies under flag at dawn, but will
higher at NOON.”
FUU, FU, kaze, kaza
WIND, STYLE, APPEARANCE

“Bug hides in enclosure to avoid the WIND.”
SHI, ane, (o)nee(san)
ELDER SISTER

“ELDER SISTER is the one who goes to town.”
YA, yo, yoru
NIGHT

“Person seeks shelter in the EVENING.”
TEN, tsu(ku)
POINT, TO CATCH FIRE

“Fortune-tellers mouth divines at which POINT
you’ll CATCH FIRE.”
KA
COURSE OF STUDY, FACULTY, DEPARTMENT

“This DEPARTMENT STUDIES how best to
measure rice plants.”
CHI, shi(ru)
INFORMATION, TO KNOW, KNOW

“That guy KNOWS too much—he needs
an arrow in da mouth.”
KEI, haka(ru/rau)
MEASURE, GAUGE, TO MEASURE

“Ten MEASURED words.”
KI, kae(ru/su)
TO RETURN, RETURN

“RETURN to wife with broom and sword."
KI, shiru(su)
RECORD, WRITE DOWN, NOTE

“WRITE DOWN words in the RECORD about a snake.”
ZEN, mae
FRONT, BEFORE

“Cut the grass BEFORE the month is out.”
GO, KOU, nochi, ato
AFTER, LATER, BEHIND

“Wind thread BEHIND the stick AFTER you go.”
GEN, hara
ORIGINAL, PLAIN, FIELD

“This FIELD was ORIGINALLY a
PLAIN with white water under the cliff.”
KAI, umi
SEA, OCEAN

“The OCEAN is everyone's watery mother.”
SHU, kubi
HEAD, NECK, FIRST

“I, myself, have cut eight necks in a STRAIGHT line.”
KATSU, i(kiru/keru)
LIFE, TO LIVE

“His tongue is wet—he LIVES.”
SHOKU, JIKI, ta(beru)
FOOD, EATING, TO EAT

"Good FOOD under a roof."
TOU, higashi
EAST

“Sun rises behind tree in the EAST.”
GO, kata(ru/rau)
WORD, TO TALK

“Five mouths SPEAK the same LANGUAGE.”
KYOU, GOU, tsuyo(i)/(maru/meru)
STRONG, MAKE STRONGER

“You have to be STRONG to pull a bow with a bug
up your nose.”
DOU, TOU, michi
STREET, ROAD, PATH, PHILOSOPHICAL WAY

“Proceed down the STREET to save your neck.”
KAI, E
PICTURE

“Threads meet together to form a PICTURE.”
KYOU, oshi(eru)
TEACHING, RELIGION, TO TEACH, BE TAUGHT

“TEACHING the child is a burden, so use the stick.”
KOU, OU, ki
YELLOW

“One type of grass turns YELLOW in eight fields.”
SHI, JI, tsuka(eru)
SERVER, WORK FOR, SERVE (SOMEONE)

“Samurai is a person who SERVES.”
SAI, hoso(i)/(ru)
NARROW, SMALL, THIN, GET THIN

“Use SLENDER thread from the NARROW field.”
YA, no
FIELD, OPPOSITION

“Use SLENDER thread from the NARROW field.”
YOU
DAY OF THE WEEK

“Days of the WEEK fly by like a bird’s wings.”
CHOU, TEI
CITY BLOCK, T-SHAPED, COUNTER FOR FOOD
RAKU, GAKU, tano(shii)
PLEASURE, MUSIC, FUN, ENJOYABLE

“Play eight wooden drums to make MUSIC for fun.”
BUN, MON, ki(ku)
HEARING, LISTENING, TO HEAR, LISTEN TO

“Put ear to the gate to LISTEN.”
SHUU
WEEK

“One WEEK proceeds to rotate to the next.”
UN, kumo
CLOUD

“Rain falls from a CLOUD.”
RI
REASON, JUSTICE, TRUTH

“JUSTICE is the jewel of the village.”
DOKU, TOKU, TOU, yo(mu)
READING, TO READ

“READ the words he’s selling.”
CHOU, asa
MORNING, DYNASTY

“The DYNASTY of the moon is on the rise.”
KAN, KEN, aida, ma
INTERVAL, SPACE BETWEEN

“Sun rises BETWEEN the gate.”
BAN
KEEPING WATCH, ORDER, NUMBER

“Come KEEP WATCH over NUMBERed fields.”
KU
WARD, MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT

“X marks the enclosed area of the WARD.”
SEN, fune, funa
SHIP

“BOAT has eight openings.”
SHIN, nii, atara(shii)
NEW, FRESH

“Brand NEW ax is needle-sharp.”
JOU, ba
PLACE

“The sun is the thing that marks the PLACE.”
SEI, ha(reru/rasu)
CLEAR, TO CLEAR UP

“Sun shines CLEAR in the blue.”
TOU, ZU, TO, atama, kashira
HEAD, LEADER, TOP

“Bean-shaped HEAD.”
GAN, kao
FACE

“FACE hair stands up on head.”
EN, sono
GARDEN

“Enclosure around a spacious GARDEN.”
YO, arakaji(me)
PREVIOUSLY, BEFOREHAND, IN ADVANCE
SUU, SU, kazu, kazo(eru)
NUMBER, SEVERAL, TO COUNT

“Woman COUNTS rice grains with a stick.”
KOKU, kuro
BLACK

“Fire reduces village to BLACK ashes.”
OU
CENTER, MIDDLE
WA, hanashi
TALK, CONVERSATION

“Tongue makes words of CONVERSATION.”
SEN
LINE

“LINE is a thread of white water.”
KA, uta, uta(u)
SONG, POEM, TO SING

“Gaping mouth SINGS a SONG.”
KA, KE, ba(kasu/keru)
TO DISGUISE ONESELF, TRANSFORM

“Person TRANSFORMS into a deformed person
to DISGUISE himself.”
HAN, HON, TAN, so(ru/rasu)
AGAINST, OPPOSITE, TO WARP OR BEND

“Right hand WARPS a line into a sharp BEND.”
BAI, ka(u)
BUY, PURCHASE, TO BUY

“BUY a net to catch shellfish.”
KYO, KO, sa(ru)
LEAVING, PASS, TO LEAVE

“Bow with your nose on the ground
before you LEAVE class.”
SO, kumi, ku(mu)
GROUP, COMPANY, TO PUT TOGETHER

“Our COMPANY has a cairn adorned with thread.”
GOU
NUMBER, NAME, ISSUE

“One sword ISSUES from NUMBERed opening.”
MEI, na(ku/ru/rasu)
ANIMAL'S CRY, HOWLING

“Bird’s mouth releases a HOWLING CRY.”
EN, ON, tou(i)
FAR, DISTANT, REMOTE, FAR AWAY

“Proceed to a vast and DISTANT place.”
SHIN, oya, shita(shii)(shimu)
INTIMACY, PARENT, INTIMATE

“PARENTS keep a needle-sharp watch.”
SETSU, yuki
SNOW

“SNOW is rain you can hold in your hand.”
TOU, kota(e), kota(eru)
ANSWER, TO ANSWER

“Give an ANSWER by joining bamboo.”
sara
PLATE, DISH

“Think of a stack of DISHES on a table.”
SAN
CALCULATE

“Hands manipulate bamboo under CALCULATING eye.”
CHOU, tori
BIRD, CHICKEN, FOWL
DEN
ELECTRICITY

“Lightning is ELECTRICITY from the rain
over the rice paddy.”
SHIN, mou(su)
say, be named, to say

“Ten mouths SPEAK the NAME”
KU, kuru(shimu/shimeru)(shii)
suffering, to suffer

“Even grass SUFFERS the BITTERNESS of old age”
YUU, YU, YUI, yoshi
reason, cause, way

“Sun CAUSES the stick to cast a shadow
—the REASON sundial works”
SHU, SU, nushi
master, lord, owner

“The OWNER is like a KING”
SHUU, su
province, state, sandbank

“That PROVINCE is on the other side of the
SANDBANK, on river’s rocky shore”
HYOU, kouri, hi
ice

“ICE is the water that cracks”
GAN, kishi
bank, shore, coast

“On the SHORE, you find dry stones that
used to be mountains”
YOU, hitsuji
sheep
JI, SHI, tsugi, tsu(gu)
next, to rank next to

“The man froze with his mouth open,
thinking he was NEXT.”
SHI, haji(maru/meru)
start, to start, begin

“The show BEGINS with a woman on the stand”
KUN, kimi
you, ruler

“The RULER speaks to YOU with a stick in his hand”
HI, kawa
leather, skin, hide

“Hand with knife pulls SKIN off animal”
KYOKU
office, bureau, (TV/Radio) station

A flag flies over the door of the station office
RYOU
two, both, counter for vehicles

“Coins on BOTH sides of a covered scale”
HAN, saka
hill, slope

“Soil piled up against the slop of the HILL.”
JUU, su(mu/mau)
residence, dwelling, to reside

“Person RESIDEs in a DWELLING next to his landlord.”
KYUU, kiwa(meru)
thorough investigation

“To conduct a THOROUGH INVESTIGATION,
you should look in all nine holes”
JO, suke
help, assistant

“I need your power to HELP me pile up a cairn.”
REI, RAI
bow, courtesy, gratitude

“BOW at the altar to show your COURTESY
and GRATITUDE”
SHIN, mi
mind, body, flesh
AN, yasu(i)
peacefulness, cheap

“Nothing brings PEACE of mind like a THRIFTy
woman under your roof”
KYOKU, ma(garu/geru)
curve, melody, to bend

“Think of a MUSIC stand”
SEI, SE, yo
generation, era, society
KETSU, chi
blood

“There’s a drop of BLOOD on my plate”
DA, u(tsu)
hit, strike, to hit

“Hand STRIKES in exactly the right place”
KOU, mu(kau/keru/kou)
facing, to look toward

“The stick on top of the enclosure FACES TOWARD
the opening within”
DAI, TAI, yo, shiro
generation, age, price

“In another AGE, a person with a halberd exacted a PRICE.”
SHI, shi(nu)
death, to die

“A DEAD person’s bones lie beneath the ground”
EI, oyo(gu)
swimming, to swim

“SWIMMER is a dot in the water, and more water”
GU
tool, gear, equipment

“Robot is a TOOL with an eye mounted on two legs”
KOU, sachi
happiness, good fortune

“HAPPY to find yen buried under the soil”
TAI, TSUI
against, vis-a-vis

“An inch of text VIS-A-VIS the issue OPPOSES it.”
SHU, SU, mori
protect, obey, babysitter

“The BABYSITTER under the roof doesn’t give an
inch when it comes to PROTECTING the child.”
RETSU
line, row

“A knife cuts the bones and arranges them in a ROW.”
JI, ZU, koto
matter, thing

“Hand writes about the MATTER on a signboard”
HEI, BYOU, hira-
flat, peaceful, common

“Think of a see-saw.”
YUU, U, a(ru)
existence, to exist

“Hand points at the moon—which one EXISTS
(old Buddhist proverb)”
TOU, na(geru)
throw, to throw

“Takes two hands to THROW an axe.”
SHIKI
ceremony, rite, formula

“The CEREMONY involves a halberd on
the newly constructed altar.”
TOU, ZU, mame
bean, pea, miniature

“You can fit eight of these BEANS into one mouth”
YAKU, EKI
service, office, post

“The guy went POSTAL, taking a path through the
OFFICE with an axe in his hand”
ZEN, matta(ku)
all, completely

“The king under the roof is COMPLETELY in charge”
使
SHI, tsuka(u)
use, messenger, to use

“10 MESSENGERS who USE their mouths and
legs to deliver news to a person.”
I
entrust

“If you can’t TRUST a tree woman, who can you TRUST?”
IKU, soda(teru/tsu)
raising, rearing, to raise

“RAISE the kid right, feed him meat.”
SHA, utsu(ru/su)
photograph, to photograph

“PHOTOGRAPH of a bow and arrow under a roof.”
KETSU, ki(meru/maru)
decision, to decide

“Moses DECIDEd to pull apart the waters”
I
medicine, physician

“Under the enclosure, the PHYSICIAN pulls out an arrow”
TA, hoka
another, other

“ANOTHER person is a being too.”
HEN, kae(ru/su)
return, to return, give back

“Opposed in movement, one RETURNS .”