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BON


meaning: tray, Bon festival

お盆 == obun == (noun) Lantern Festival
盆栽 == bonsai == (noun) bonsai




Bottom radical is 'dish' (皿). Top radical is 'divide/understand' (分), here acting phonetically to express 'big/wide'. A 'wide dish' is a description of a tray. In Japan this character has been borrowed to mean the Lantern Festival, a summer festival which welcomes the spirits of the dead.Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: ' Understand dish to be tray used in Bon Festival.'

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

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