Kanji 832-853. Six-stroke core kanji

The KSP core kanji include nine that have 6 strokes. This lesson will introduce four of them: ‘bend’, ‘garment’, ‘sheep’ and ‘ear’. The following lesson will add ‘spirit’, ‘boat’ and ‘rice’, and the one after that will deal with ‘feathers’ and ‘bamboo’.

66 bend
67 garment
68 sheep
69 ear
70 spirit
71 boat
72 rice
73 feathers
74 bamboo


#832. The origin of this kanji is somewhat obscure, but it has been suggested that it represents carpenter’s tool used for cutting curves and angles; there is also some evidence it may have been a picture of a curved receptacle made by bending softened wood. It has the meanings of curve and melody. Both meanings can be combined if you think of it as a pictograph of guitar frets…

Bend the strings around the frets to make a melody.

Guitar frets


#833. This is pictograph of an Enigma machine on little legs. It was a tool for bending messages for transcription, with another matching tool used to un-bend the cyphertext.


#834. At boot-camp, the cadets had to remain in the sun at attention… If they showed signs of slouching or they crumpled to the ground, or showed any other form of bending, that was it, they wee cadets no more.


#835. The magic beans produced a massive bending beanstalk that led Jack to bountiful rewards.


#836. What else would the boot-camp cadets be doing on the water


#837. You’ll find the cadet passed out behind that wooden vat of beer.


#838. The ‘garment’ kanji could be constructed from ‘lid’, ‘craft’ and a tilted from of ‘oracle’, but is is best seen as a pictograph of some garments including top hat and cloak.


#839. Without his garments, he would look like any other person; he is completely reliant on his garments for his image.


#840. The Emperor’s New Clothes. He is strutting about in his invisible garments, looking quite pathetic, but no one is prepared to mouth the truth about how pathetic he really looks, so they keep praising his garments.


#841. A computer disguised in top hat and cloak. I’ll be back! it says, in a thick Schwarzenegger accent.


#842. A pictograph of a sheep, viewed from above.


#843. The conjunction of ‘large’ and ‘sheep’ to make beauty is well-recognised as strange choice by the original creators of this kanji. Perhaps from the perspective of a proud farmer, a big sheep could be a thing of beauty.


#844. A variant on the white manes of Neptune’s horses… The ocean’s H20 becomes white and woolly in storms when the sheep spirits get restless.


#845. A virtuous vegetarian declares that no sheep or any other horned creatures will pass through his mouth.


#846. The sheep in the drought-stricken field that lacked H2O looked enviously at their well-watered neighbours.


#847. A pictograph of an ear.


#848. After her success in the Spiderman movie (see and ), Martha the bikini model is offered a role in the next ‘Taken’ sequel. She is taken, and her ear is taken off, and sent to the hero as a taunt.


#849. He felt such shame that his ears turned bright red and his heart pounded. Shame is the main emotion that can make the heart pump more blood to the tips of the ears.


#850. Carpe diem, literally meaning ‘take/seize the day’, is an expression that means you should do your utmost with every opportunity.


#851. Before separation of church and state, the holy man always had his mouth to the ear of the king.


#852. Living vicariously is like experiencing a firecracker (sparkler) show with fingers in your ears, inferring the noise from the expressions on everyone else’s faces.


When taking a snapshot, do your utmost to keep your fingers off the lens.