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

  • Mood:

SAI, SEI


meaning: year

万歳 == bonzai == (noun, interjection) hurrah (lit. ten thousand years), long life, congratulations, cheers
歳末 == saihotsu == (noun) year's end


Originally composed of the radicals for 'walk', and 'halberd', the latter phonetically meaning 'circuit'. Walking a lap or circuit became associated with a 'cycle of time', and thence with the space of a year. Henshall suggests taking this character as a 'foot' (止), an altar (示), and a halberd, and as a mnemonic: 'Every year halberds placed at foot of altar.'

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

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