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ZAI
a(ru)
meaning: be located, dwell, countryside, be

存在 == sonzai == existence
所在 == shozai == whereabouts


The left radical is a variant of 'talent' (才), used in its original meaning of 'dam'. 土 is 'earth'. Thus, this character originally meant 'earthen dam'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Funny dam is located near countryside dwelling.'

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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