Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
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Foggy day in California

COOL photo: fog in the San Joaquin Valley, from space. Hey, I can see dancingspring's house from here! But what the heck is that square red dot?



CHOU
machi
meaning: town, block
町田 == Machida == family name, placename
下町 == shitamachi == downtown
Left radical is 'field' (田), right radical is 'nail' (丁), phonetically expressing 'walk'. This character originally meant 'paths through the fields', then 'place where fields join', which became 'area/community'. Henshall suggests taking the right radical as a 'T-junction', for the mnemonic:  'Town at T-junction of paths through fields.'

Interesting that in both Japanese and English, the center of a town is indicated by a compound meaning 'under', or 'lower'.

When you're alone & life is making you lonely
You can always go ~ Downtown
When you've got worries, all the noise & the hurry
Seems to help, I know ~ Downtown
Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?

CHORUS:
The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
So go downtown, things'll be great when you're
Downtown ~ no finer place, for sure
Downtown ~ everything's waiting for you

STROKE ORDER

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