Friday, 27 January 2012

Tangy Wisteria !

Once upon a time Wisteria was tang or thang!
The Japanese have a word KOKUN to describe characters that have a meaning in ordinary Japanese that differs greatly from the original Chinese meaning or the SinoJapanese usage. 

Show a Chinese this character and they'll think of vines and canes but show a Japanese and they'll think FUJI the wisteria plant which is a vine though if they're very good at Kanji they may be remember seeing the other extended meaning in a dictionary?

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