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SHOU


JOU

tatami, tata(mu)

meaning: tatami mat, size, fold, pile, repeat

四畳半 == yojouhan Ride with surplus sword== (noun) 4 1/2 tatami mats
畳数== jousuu == (noun) counter for tatami mats



Top radical is 'field' (田). This character in Chinese evolved from images of things piled up, from which evolved meanings of 'folded', 'doubled', and and so forth. In Japan it has also come to mean the characteristically Japanese tatami mat. Henshall suggests taking the bottom elements as a 'cover', and 'besides/pile/cairn' (且), and as a mnemonic: 'Besides, pile of folded mats in field is covered.'

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

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