Structure of Kanji 漢字の成り立ち

Keywords: Ideographic character, A pair of Kanji

The main characteristics of Kanji is that each character has its own meaning. Kanji is Ideographic character.
At first one may feel it is very hard to learn, but reading is not so difficult because it follows precise rules. For example, yama「山」(mountain) and kawa「川」(river) characters are made from the visual effects and so are, tanbo 「田」(rice field), me「目」(eye) and ki「木」(tree). And two ki「木」(trees)make a hayashi「林」(grove, three combine to form a mori「森」(forest. So also, otoko「男」(man) is comosed of tanbo 「田」(rice field)+ chikara「力」(power), and the kanji for eat, shoku「食」(eat) is made from ( to make) good, yoi「良」a person, hito「人」 In addition, kanji mu「無」, hi「非」 and mi「未」are used for putting in front of “jukugo”(a pair of Kanji) to describe negation.