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

EI
kage
meaning: shadow, light, image

人影 == jinei (also: hitokage) == (noun) man's soul, shadow
面影 == omokage == (noun) face, looks, vestiges, trace


Left radical is 'scene/bright' (景), used in its original sense of 'open to the sunlight'. Right radical is 'delicate hairs', used here to mean 'delicate pattern'; it may also have represented rays of sunlight. Thus, 'a delicate sunlit pattern of light and shade', leading to its current meaning. Henshall suggests taking the left radical as 'sun' (日) and capitol (京), the right radical as 'streaming sunlight', and as a mnemonic: 'Sun streams down on capital, forming shadows.'

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

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