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It's been rainy and mild for the last two days, but it will be turning colder over the next few.

Still, it seems like it's never as cold nowadays as it was when I was a kid. Man, it got cold then. So cold that even the oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and even the trace amounts of hydrogen and helium in the atmosphere froze and precipitated as snow. You really had to dress up warmly for that, but there was nothing as much fun as making helium snow angels, or having snowball fights with helium snowballs. Mom would yell at us whenever we came in the house for tracking frozen noble gases all over the carpet, but it all volatilized into the air quickly. Until the helium dispersed everyone talked like Donald Duck, quack, quack, quack. It's impossible for a parent to scold you seriously when they sound like Donald Duck.



BOU, MOU
nozo(mu)
meaning: wish, hope, gaze

失望 == shitsubou == despair
願望 == ganmou or ganbou == wish, hope, aspiration


Upper right radical is 'moon' (月). This character is derived from a pictograph of a person standing on the ground gazing at the moon. Henshall suggests taking the top left radical as 'death' (亡) and the bottom radical as 'king' (王), and as a mnemonic: 'King gazes at moon, wishing for death.'

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

Note that the stroke order the bottom radical differs between Josh's Chinese Lookup Thingy and the Taka database. It may be different in Chinese and Japanese, but I'm pretty sure the stroke order for 'king', which the bottom radical is, is as Taka depicts: top horizontal stroke, vertical stroke, then the two remaining horizontal strokes. I remember this because it's an atypical stroke order: a more common stroke order would be the three horizontal strokes followed by the vertical stroke. Nonetheless, that's the way 'king' is written.

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