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


meaning: history, chronicler
歴史 == rekishi == history
史学者 == shigakusha == historian 

Origin somewhat unclear. Apparently this character was originally a pictograph of a hand holding a counting stick. Henshall suggests taking it as a variant of 'middle/center' (中), and as a mnemonic: 'Hand of man central to history.'

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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