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to give; (Kingdom of) Wu
Kanji 1237

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Synopsis

This kanji has no popular meaning! Nevertheless, 呉 pops up in a word about rivalry, the name of a famous theater, the name of a significant city, terms for stores selling kimono fabric, and more. Learn about 呉音, a word on page 1 of every essay. See how the ancient Chinese Kingdom of Wu still influences modern Japan. And find out just how 呉 became connected with くれる (to give).

Revision history:

Mar. 18, 2016: p. 10: Slightly revised the explanation of the origin of the word 呉須.

Dec. 18, 2015: Originally published.

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