Kanji 232-255. Genius, Craft, Self

There are 17 core kanji with 3 strokes. Of these, we have already met eleven: mouth (), soil (), stream (), mountain (), dry (), woman (), child (), bow (), evening (), small () and large (). This lesson will introduce three more: genius (), craft () and self (). That leaves inch (), of () and long time () for the next lesson.



#232. Most people see this kanji as ‘ten’ () plus a diagonal stroke. The vertical stroke actually has a hook in most fonts, so it is not quite a ten (), but it is close enough. Fonts vary according to whether the diagonal starts near the T-like junction, or cross the vertical.

Imagine a precocious ten () year old having a stroke (/) of genius and… complete the story by inventing something that amuses you.


#233. A tree genius can cut down any tree to make lumber, no matter the size or position.


#234. The shellfish on the left can be considered to represent ‘money’ (harking back to some ancient past when cowrie shells were used as coins).
A money genius ends up with a lot of property.

Note that keyword refers to abstract financial property rather than buildings or real estate. Watch out for two other kanji with similar meanings: ‘wealth'() and ‘assets’ ().


#235. The ‘craft’ kanji may represent a builder’s set-square or vice, used for ensuring right-angles. A modern take on the idea is to see it as an I-beam in cross section. Mnemonics may use the pun, ‘crafty’, but this does not reflect the actual meaning of .


#236. Craft plus one… To become king of Westeros you nee to be the craftiest one in the country!


#237. The left hand, holding a builder’s set square during some craft work.


#238. The king, with a jewel dropping from his robes.


#239. A lord is like a king, but he is a little drop down from the King in the hierarchy.


#240. Craft and power. Think of the greatest achievements of the ancient world, like the pyramids, which were crafts completed by nothing but muscle power.


#241. A big fat king, hogging the whole space beneath the umbrella, so there is no room for anyone else.


#242. Mouth and king.
The king is reclining on his throne, mouth wide open, snoring, his laziness and decadence on display.


#243. A personl assistant standing to someone’s left.


#244. Person and lord.


#245. Whole () plus two drops of gold.

Picture the fat king under his umbrella, his gold at his feet.


#246. An ancient Roman emporer – like a king, but cloaked in white.


#247. The central pillar in the building was made from the trunk of one mighty tree – the lord of all trees.


#248. It is a little known fact that rainbows are formed by highly trained insects of various colours, who craft the rainbow shape by flying in formation.


#249. This song is not the greatest song in the world, it is just a tribute to a shellfish friend of mine who was crushed by an I-beam the other day.


#250. The king wore vermillion robes and a big pearl necklace.


#251. Wood and whole. The king removed the plug of wood from the wine-keg and drained the whole lot.


#252. A golden needle is worth ten times more than an ordinary needle.


#253. This kanji looks like the ‘s’ of ‘self’, but it is written backwards as though seen in a mirror. As a primitive, it may be thought of as a snake, which also starts with ‘s’.


#254. The lady with the snake motif is Queen Cleopatra.


#255. Distribute your sake generously or you will be seen as a selfish snake.