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one (floor, ceiling)
The number 1 laid on its side.
two
Like the Roman numeral II, which doubles the numeral 1.
three
Like the Roman numeral III, which triples the numeral 1.
four
Two primitive elements, mouth and human legs.
five
six
Two primitive elements, top hat and animal legs.
seven (diced)
The first stroke cuts through the second.
eight
Just like the arabic numeral 8 is a small circle placed on a larger one, in Japanese it is a short stroke placed beside a long one.
nine (baseball, baseball team)
ten (needle)
Turn it 45 degrees in any direction and we get the Roman numeral for 10.
mouth (opening)
Pictograph of a mouth, since Kanji has no circles it is square shaped.
day (sun, tongue wagging in a mouth)
Pictograph of the sun, with the smily face drawn accross the middle.
month (moon, flesh, part of the body)
rice field (brains)
Birds eye view of a plot of 4 rice fields.
eye (eyeball)
Pictograph of an eye.
NOTE: sometimes can be turned sideways as a primitive.
old
Ten and mouth, an 'old' tombstone with a cross on top.
I
'I' have 5 holes in my head (2 earholes, 2 nostrils and a mouth).
risk
There is always 'risk' when using your eyes to look at the sun.
companion
In the Bible it says, God took Adams flesh to make new flesh, the perfect 'companion'.
bright
The two 'bright' bodies of the sky are the sun and the moon.
chant
One mouth orchestrating and 2 mouths with wagging tongues singing a wonderful 'chant'.
sparkle
A diamond reflecting light from the sun in 3 different directions would have a wonderful 'sparkle'.
goods
Mass production of 'goods' is something common nowadays so as to feed all the mouths everywhere.
spine
2 vertebrate of a spine linked together.
prosperous
Anywhere that has 2 suns will soon become 'prosperous', a place where noone sleeps!
early
The sun is held up on the stem of leaves where the stem is needle thin in comparison to the sun, like a sunflower. The sunflower is always and 'early' to rise.
rising sun
Think of Japan, land of the 'rising sun', the flag with the red sun hung out during a baseball game (one of Japans national sports).
generation
A 'generation' is about 30 years, look closely and you can see 10 + 10 + 10.
stomach
Two primitives, brain and flesh, the part of the body that feeds the brain is the 'stomach'.
nightbreak
The sun coming over the horizon, is when its daybreak or in reverse 'nightbreak'.
gall bladder
The 'gall bladder' filters bile (reducing stress), so the part of the body that rests before nightbreak while you're sleeping cause theres no stress in sleeping.
span
The 'span' of a day between sunrise and sunset.
concave
convex
★walking stick (primitive)
It carries with it the connotations of lameness
and whatever else one associates with the use of a cane.
★a drop of
The meaning of this primitive is obvious from the first moment you look at it, though just what it will be a drop of will differ from case to case. The important thing is not to think of it as something insignificant like a “drop in the bucket” but as something so important that it can change the whole picture — like a drop of arsenic in your mother-in-law’s coffee.
olden times
A walking stick is needed for the days of 'olden times'.
oneself (nose, nostrils)
Pointing to your nose is an indication of 'oneself'.
white (white bird, dove)
The sun gives of 'white' light.
hundred
99 year is white year, add one more and you have one 'hundred'.
in
Putting a walking stick in your mouth will certainly help to put 'in' medicine.
thousand
Drop in a couple of 0's after 10 and we get a 'thousand'.
tongue
Sharing a common 'tongue' or 1000 mouths speaking the same language.
measuring box
The little wooden 'measuring box', Japanese people like to pour sake in.
rise up
When the sun is going to 'rise up' its time to get the measuring box ready to drink!
round
Adding just a little more to 9 we get 10 a nice 'round' number.
measurement (glue, glued to)
One tenth of a Shaku, or a drop out of the ten.
speciality
Ten fields of experience (competance) glued together is about what is needed to have a 'speciality'.
Dr.
Someone with a speciality of needs is a Dr. or acupuncturist.
★divining rod
A walking stick to look for the drop of water is a 'divining rod'.
fortune-telling
Divining rod with a mouth, can only be 'fortune-telling'.
above
A divining rod standing 'above' the horizon.
below
A divining rod 'below' the ceiling.
eminent
*conspicuous
A magician with a sunflower for a magic wand is 'eminent'.
★mist
◆no kanji◆
Needles falling on a sunflower must be 'mist'.
morning
the early 'morning' mist as the moon sets.
★animal legs
◆no kanji◆
Simple legs.
★human legs
◆no kanji◆
Little more complex legs.
★wind
◆no kanji◆
Second stroke, bends out like a gust of wind blown from above.
★bound up
◆no kanji◆
The sense of bound up is that of being “tied and gagged” or
wrapped up tightly. If you have trouble remembering when it serves as an enclosure (with the hook) and when not (without the hook), you might think of the former as a chain and the latter as a rope.
★horns
◆no kanji◆
'Horns' of animals.
only
There is 'only' one pacman, the mouth with legs.
shellfish (shells, oyster, clam)
One eye and legs, reminds me of a giant walking 'shellfish'.
upright
It would take a magic wand to make a shellfish walk 'upright'.
employee
A good 'employee' keeps their mouth slamped shut with a shellfish.
see
To 'see' anything with your eyes you need to use your legs to get there first.
newborn babe
In the olden times a 'newborn babe' would ofter crawl around on the floor.
beginning
In the 'beginning' there were 2 people with legs, Adam and Eve.
page
If I was going to write a message on an oyster I'd only have one 'page' to write on.
stubborn
In the beginning of the bible it shows how 'stubborn' people were and still are.
mediocre
Just as a drop in the bucket is insignificant a drop in the wind is 'mediocre'.
defeat
2 oysters bound in mortal combat spells 'defeat' for one.
ten thousand
Japanese people count in groups of 'ten thousand' hence 1 group of bound up numbers = 10,000.
phrase
A 'phrase' is a group of bound up words.
texture
The 'texture' of the flesh is affected by the wind.
decameron
A group of 10 days is a 'decameron'.
ladle
A 'ladle' is used to scoop precious drops.
bull's eye
If you can catch a white bird in a ladle 'BULL'S EYE'.
neck
Horns... nose... 'neck'
fishguts (fishhook)
Foul-hooked fish in the stomach.. eww 'fishguts' everywhere.
riot
When tongues get ooked there's a 'riot' coming!
straightaway
A straightened hook can go through the eye of a needle 'straightaway'.
★tool
◆no kanji◆
The 'tools' are placed on the carpenters table.
tool
A 'tool' has eyes to watch over your craft.
true
Only tools of 'true' value have a needle hole pierced in the top so that they can be hanged.
★by one's side
◆no kanji◆
Where your hands fall when you let them drop 'by one's side'.
craft
The "I" beam is used in the 'craft' of heavy construction
left
The 'left' handis often associated with the dark side of crafts.
right
A mouth in your hand by your side is like your conscious and is almost always 'right'.
possess
A piece of meat by ones side is enough to drive demons out of even the most 'possessed' souls.
bribe
Its easy to 'bribe' people possessed with money (shells).
tribute
The art of collecting money in a way people think its a 'tribute' is truely a clever craft.
paragraph
To write on the first page with a craftmans skill we use calligraphy to write the first letter of the 'paragraph'.
sword (dagger, sabre)
The handle of a great sword.
blade
See the blood on the dagger's 'blade'.
cut
Dicing with a dagger to 'cut' up everything in sight.
seduce
Putting ones "sword" into the "cave" is a good way to 'seduce'.
shining
The sun was seductively 'shining' outside.
rule
An oyster thats measured against the hilt of the sabre to check if it doesn't break the undersized 'rule'.
★wealth
◆no kanji◆
One mouth eating all from one field must be someone of great 'wealth'.
vice ~
Second in charge, next to the wealthy (general) with a sabre in hand is the 'vice' captain.
seperate
Mouth bound and sabre cast to the side, the ultimate 'seperation' for the samurai.
street (nail, spike)
The sign and the pole at the corner of the 'street'.
village
Street signs at the edge of the rice fields to define the 'village' boundaries.
can
"I think I 'can'" was what came from the mouth of the train as it gobbled up the spikes on the train tracks.
place on the head
To 'place on the head' a nail is to show humble acceptance.
child
Head, body and arms holding on tight. Is the picture of a 'child' on their mothers back.
cavity
Children and hooks, only thing I can think of is a child off to the dentist to get a 'cavity' fixed.
complete
When a childs arms are tucked away in bed, you know your days work is 'complete'.
woman
2 arms and 2 legs and a head, thats all thats needed of a 'woman'.
fond
Woman are always 'fond' of a good looking child.
likeness
A woman's mouth bears the 'likeness' of "zero" in katakana.
mama
A woman with 2 small drops (nipples) is most likely a 'mama'.
pierce
Mama has shell earrings and we all know Japanese people call earrings 'pierce'.
elder brother
Big mouth and human legs, nuff said, can only be an 'elder brother'.
overcome
Teenagers need to 'overcome' the needle (drugs).
little
3 small drops or 'little', little, little.
few
A 'few' of something little, or a little of something little.
large
A person stretched out to take up a 'large' space.
★cliff
The edge of a large 'cliff'.
many
The story started 'many' moons ago when 2 moons were partially obscured by cloud ~.
evening
On a nice 'evening' with a cloud partially obscuring the moon.
eventide
Drops of water coming up the shore in the evening, the time of 'eventide'.
outside
In the evening taking your wand 'outside' makes for more powerful magic.
name
In the evening imagine a father whispering to a child their 'name'.
stone (stones, rocks)
When standing under a cliff its safer to stand in a cave so a 'stone' from above won't hit you.
resemblance (spark, candle)
A little bit of flesh, like the 'resemblance' of a little boys flesh to his fathers.
nitrate
Nitric acid or 'nitrate' acid when poured on some stones, you can see sparks fly.
smash
If you hit a rock with a baseball bat 10 times, you are sure to 'smash' it.
sand
If there are no stones or very few on a beach, the 'sand' is often good.
plane
Sparks from a sabre as you 'plane' something flat.
ray
The little pieces of dust that walk in the door with human legs that you can see in a 'ray' of light.
plump
A larger person falling into a chair like a drop of oil, kerrr- 'plump'.
utensil
The 4 people sitting around the corners of a large table with hungry mouths waiting for 'utensils' to start eating.
stinking
Someone with a nose large enough could smell something 'stinking' from very far away.
exquisite
Out of all the woman in the world, very few are truely 'exquisite'.
focus
Hold up something a few centimeters from your eye so that you can 'focus' on it well
thick
A child left standing at the bottom of a cliff under the sun has to have 'thick' skin so as not to cry.
strange
Trying to speak with a large nails around your mouth would look very 'strange'.