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

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utai, uta(u)

meaning: Noh chant, song

謡曲 == youkyoku == (noun) Noh song
歌謡曲 == kayoukyoku == (noun) popular song

Left radical is 'words/speak' (言). Right radical is a character found only in Chinese, here used phonetically to express 'sway'. 'Swaying words' indicated the sing-song recitation of a Noh text. Its bottom element is 'can/boiler' (缶). Its top element is another of the many radical versions of 'hand'.  Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Hand reaches for can, uttering wordy chant.'

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

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