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

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They, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night

If art teaches anything... it is the privateness of the human condition. Being the most ancient as well as the most literal form of private enterprise, it fosters in a man, knowingly or unknowingly, a sense of his uniqueness, of individuality, of separateness—thus turning him from a social animal into an autonomous "I."

           —Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996)



meaning: eaves, roof, heaven

宇宙 == uchuu == universe
気宇 == kiu == breadth of mind

Top radical is 'roof'. Bottom radical is a Non-General Use character borrowed for its phonetic expression of 'complete cover'. Thus, this character originally meant 'roof that completely covers (something)', leading to modern meanings of 'eaves' and 'firmament/heaven'. Henshall suggests taking the bottom radical as a 'stiff' version of the character for 'child' (子), and as a mnemonic: 'Child lies stiff under roof, set to go to heaven.'

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

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