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

kotobuki
meaning: long life, congratulations

天寿 == tenju == (noun) natural span of life
 握り寿司 == nigirizushi == (noun) hand-rolled sushi


Obscure etymology. Derived from pictographs that depicted an old man who had lived a long time. Henshall suggests taking it as a variant of 'hand' (手), and 'hand/measure' (寸), and as a mnemonic: 'Put hands together to congratulate long life.'

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

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