Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

A disciple of Soyen Shaku told this story of his youth:

Our schoolmaster used to take a nap every afternoon. We children asked him why he did it and he told us: "I go to dreamland to meet the old sages just as Confucius did." When Confucius slept, he would dream of ancient sages and later tell his followers about them.

It was extremely hot one day so some of us took a nap. Our schoolmaster scolded us. "We went to dreamland to meet the ancient sages the same as Confucius did," we explained. "What was the message from those sages?" our schoolmaster demanded. One of us replied: "We went to dreamland and met the sages and asked them if our schoolmaster came there every afternoon, but they said they had never seen any such fellow."

meaning: oil
油田 == yuden == oil field
油絵 == aburae == oil painting

Left radical is 'water/liquid', right is 'basket/winepress'. Apparently the original meaning of 'liquid from wine press' eventually was applied to oil. Henshall suggests remembering the right radical as a 'field' (田) and a vertical derrick, and as a mnemonic: 'Liquid from field with derrick is oil.'

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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