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The Beast That Shouted 'Ai' at the Heart of the World


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meaning: love
母性愛 == boseiai == maternal love
愛国者 == aikokusha == patriot


Origin is obscure. From top to bottom, the radicals are 'hand', 'cover/roof', 'heart', and 'stop and start'. Henshall suggests taking the bottom-most radical as 'sitting cross-legged', and as a mnemonic:  'Sit cross-legged, hand on heart, in love.'

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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