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

Found at my place of work. A Polaroid. Don't know why it was taken, or of whom, or why it's so out of focus, or why its color spectrum is odd.

But I like it.


MAKU, BAKU

meaning: curtain, tent, act

幕府 == bakufu == (noun) shogunate (the administration of a shogun)
序幕 == jomaku == (noun) curtain-raiser, prologue


The bottom radical is 'threads/cloth'. Top radical is 'sun sinking among plants', in its meaning of 'conceal'. Thus, 'cloth which conceals', leading to meanings of 'curtain' and by association, things connected with the theatre, and tents. The Tokugawa Shogunate was known as 'tent government', i.e., government from a military tent, and this character has become associated with the Shoguns. Henshall suggests taking the top radical as 'grass', 'sun' (日), and 'big' (大), and as a mnemonic: 'Big curtain of threaded grass shades out sun.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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