Friday, April 15, 2016

Four Countries?

I've been studying Kanji more lately and it is so interesting!  It is also so difficult! 

I look at signs everywhere and had noticed these two kanji - 四国 I thought the first was four and the second was country. Four could be yon or shi. The second kanji might be kuni or koku.   


Finally, it dawned on me - Shikoku!  The island I live on.  Shikoku is the smallest of Japan's main islands and has four prefectures: Kagawa, Ehime, Kochi, and Tokushima.  The former names were Sanuki, Awa, Tosa, Iyo.  (The other major islands in Japan all have volcanoes, but there are no volcanoes on Shikoku.  Just an interesting fact - nothing to do with the kanji.)


Back to Kanji - Knowing my interest in learning more Kanji, my friend gave me this book.


I don't expect I'll ever learn to really read Japanese, but I do enjoy figuring out bits and pieces!



4 comments:

  1. Good there are no volcanos!!! That books looks interesting for you.

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  2. Ganbatte! I'm trying too!

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  3. It feels so good that have that light bulb experience, Aha! that kanji means XXX, and you suddenly understand and will remember forever, a difficult kanji.

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  4. How funny. Been thinking of you with the earthquakes in the news. Hope all is well.
    xx, Carol

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