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World War II B-17 nose art of the 303rd Bomb Group.
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WWII nose art ran heavily to pictures of naked and thinly-clothed women, as might be expected for a bunch of lonely guys far from home. Sexist? I dunno, I'd call it poignant.

And it makes me wonder: now that we have women flying combat aircraft, will we start to see beefcake nose art? Or bishounen nose art?



GYAKU
saka(rau)
meaning: reverse, oppose

逆説 == gyakusetsu == paradox
反逆 == hangyaku == treason


Left/lower radical is 'movement'. The right/upper radical was originally an inverted version of 'big (man)' (大), the visual inversion meaning 'not normal'. Thus this character meant 'backward (non-normal) movement', which evolved into meanings such as 'oppose' and 'reverse'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Big upside-down man moves in reverse.'

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

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