Kanji Creation and Radicals 02 “Common Name for Kanji”

What are the common names for each radical? Apart from those in which the original kanji names are used as they are, such as “ki-hen, take-kanmuri, mon-gamae,” etc., there are names with a twist, such as “sanzui.” For example, radicals such as “nogome,” used for “釈, 釉, 釋,” etc., and “rumata,” used for “段, 穀, 殿,” etc., are common names of the elements disassembled. In “sakenotori, hiyominotori,” used for “酢, 酔, 酵,” and “renga/rekka,” used for “照, 熱, 然,” differentiation is made as to avoid names that may overlap. “Kozato,” used for “限, 防, 階,” and “oozato,” used for “部, 都, 郡” are the same shape but have different common names. This is because the original characters are different.

There are many common names for radicals that I was able to experience for the first time since I started kanji creation. I introduced some of the names that are memorable at this time. As there are many simple names with meanings and shapes taken for names, it is easy to understand, and I understand the nuances clearly. In this way, it is enjoyable to learn the common names.


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