Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
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A gay party in a brothel, with mosquitos


CHOU

meaning: register, drape
帳場 == chouba == counter, desk
蚊帳 == kaya == mosquito netting


Left radical is 'cloth', right is 'long' (長), acting phonetically to express 'spread'. Thus 'long spread cloth', or drape. How this character come to mean register is unclear. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic:  'Long cloth drape used as register.'

'A gay party in a brothel'
Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815)
Note the green 蚊帳. Mosquito netting in the bedchamber, almost always green, is frequently depicted in ukiyo-e.

Stroke order from Josh's Chinese Lookup Thingy (animated)
Stroke order from Taka Kanji Database
Other info from Taka Kanji Database

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