Kanji 622-646. Five-stroke Core Kanji. Dish, Sweet, Gigantic…

We have five more core kanji with five strokes: dish, sweet, gigantic, moreover, tome, concave and convex.


dish

#622. This kanji looks nothing like a dish, but a lot like a rack for drying dishes.

blood

#623. You could imagine a drop of blood falling down into a dish.. (Watched ‘Vikings’ lately?) But I see this as a small sharp thing (the drop) being directed at a child’s cot or crib (the dish) in some B-grade slasher flick, with blood flowing between the vertical rungs of the cot.

basin

#624. We used part of the basin as a dish.

benefit

#625. Whoever invented this kanji already understood the basics of evolution, centuries before Darwin. Basically, the benefit of having horns and fast animal legs is that you get to pass on your genes instead of ending up food in a dish.

steal

#626. You are hungry, standing at the sushi train, with no money… You decide to steal () the next () dish () that goes past.

warm

#627. The dish was wet so I warmed it under the sun.

alliance

#628. A gem from koohii.com:

An undercover alliance between Japan (the sun on its flag) and Turkey (the moon on its flag) detected by a surveillance satellite dish. [Thanks PepeSeco]


salt

#629. From BigLoui at koohii.com:

In the old days, salt was a worth a lot, so it is not surprising to find someone reclining on the ground (), mouth () to the dish (), getting every last grain of that delicious salt.

sweet

#630.

Kanji for Sweet


so-and-so

#631. A ‘so-and-so’ is a generic derogatory label, standing in for the expletives that you are too polite to mention.

That greedy little so-and-so took all the sweets and climbed up to the top of the tree! Never inviting him again!

mediator

#632. After the little so-and-so brat stole all the sweets (see above), I was about to wring his greedy little neck, but lucky for him some woman stepped in as a mediator.

deceit

#633. An early experience of deceit.. Little brother to big brother. Why do we lack sweets, I thought there were lots left? Oh, some animal ran off with them. Aww that’s a shame, never mind.

gigantic

#634. I see this as an overhead view of some gigantic robot, head bowed down (the central rectangle) and arms forward (the top and bottom horizontals) as he marches forward.

retainer

#635. Similar to gigantic, but now it is a human slave viewed from above. The extra line is the chain going around his neck and connecting him to similar slaves in the chain gang.The chain is the retainer. When it is used as a primitive in other kanji, represent it with the idea of a slave.

princess

#636. A woman with a slave… She must be a princess.

strict

#637. The keyword choice here may be somewhat inaccurate (‘firm’ might be a better choice), but it will do for now.

The kanji shows Martha the bikini model, a slave, and a pile of soil. I suspect she is having a new swimming pool built so she can lounge around it, and I am sure she is very strict with her laborers as they move the soil.

oversee

#638. The slave driver is reclining as he oversees the slave, who works all day for one bowl of gruel.

moreover

#639. Looks like a set of bookshelves, which is useful for mnemonics – but don’t confuse it with the kanji for ‘shelf’, which uses the moon primitive instead.

We’re at Ikea, looking for shelves. They all look the same but my wife is cross-checking features and comparing colours and I’m just about ready to kill someone if I don’t get out of the shop right now and she calls out, “Hey honey, there are more-over here.”

help

#640. The element on the left is usually considered to be the ‘shelf’ primitive, even though it differs from the kanji for ‘shelf’ (). It is very similar to the kanji for ‘moreover’, which are normally treated as shelves in mnemonics, but the lower horizontal line of moreover has been tilted.

Help! Someone’s pinned under these bookshelves and I need more muscle power to save them!

investigate

#641. I went to investigate why my favourite tree was missing from the front yard… And saw my neighbour polishing his new set of bookshelves.


tatami mat

#642. The king is lounging around on his tatami mat, by his bookshelf, reading pulp fiction while he watches the poor peasants in the rice paddy. The shelves are in the foreground, blocking our view of the king, which is why we only see his crown


best regards

#643. At Christmas time, we get so many cards from people who send their best regards, we ave to dedicate a whole bookshelf to displaying them.


tome

#644. A pictograph of a big fat book, a tome.


, convex and concave

#645 and #646. You don’t need a mnemonic.