漢字発見! #2

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東・西・北・南

ひがし・にし・きた・みなみ


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東・西・北・南 are Kanji characters that denote the four directions; east, west, north and south.

The image on the right is a representation of the four directions together with the Chinese Zodiac system.

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6771」means EAST.

Onyomi: トウ in 東京(とうきょう), 関東(かんとう)Kanto region of Japan, 東芝(とうしば)Toshiba(company)

Kunyomi: ひがし in 東, 東ヨーロッパ East Europe


897f西」means WEST.

Onyomi: セイ in 南西(なんせい)southwest; サイ in 関西(かんさい)Kansai region of Japan, in 西班牙(スペイン)Spain.

Kunyomi: にし in 西, 西インド West India


5317」means NORTH.

Onyomi: ホク in 東北(とうほく)Northeast, 南北(なんぼく)North-South

Kunyomi: きた in 北, 北アイルランド North Ireland


5357」means SOUTH.

Onyomi: ナン in 東南アジア(とうなん)South-east Asia

Kunyomi: みなみ in 南, 南アフリカ South Africa


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