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BOKU

hou

meaning: simple, magnolia

朴直 == bokuchoku == (noun, adjective that takes な) simplicity, honesty, naivete
質朴 == shitsuboku == (noun, adjective that takes な) simplicity




Left radical is 'tree/wood' (木). Right radical is 'divination/crack in turtle shell', here acting phonetically to express 'tear'. This character originally represented tree bark, in the sense that it had been 'torn' from a tree, and it became associated with the magnolia in particular. The character has been borrowed to express meanings related to 'simple'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Magnolia wood simply cracks.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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