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

meaning: rejoice, merry

歓楽 == kanraku == pleasure
哀歓 == aikan == sadness and joy

The left radical is 'crested bird/heron', acting phonetically to express 'banquet'. The right radical is 'lack' (欠), used here in its literal meaning of 'gaping mouth'. This character originally meant 'eat heartily at a banquet'. It now means merriment, rejoicing and pleasure in general. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Merriment is gaping mouth full of crested bird.'

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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