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Post by Binsento » Thu 10.06.2005 7:31 am

In Tokyo I saw 父 a lot written on green signs which were attached to lampposts.
Upon seeing them i proudly said to my girlfriend "That means dad!"
She started laughing and said that these signs meant that we were walking on the path to a school.
So, does 父 have another meaning besides father/dad?

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Post by Harisenbon » Thu 10.06.2005 7:52 am

Are you sure that you didn't misread the sign or Kanji? It could be a Tokyo thing, but our signs in Gifu (and those I've seen in Osaka and other places) don't have that kanji on them. *ponder*

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Post by Binsento » Thu 10.06.2005 8:03 am

I don't know, i have to check my pc at home.
To be continued... :)

EDIT:
What kanji are on the schoolsigns in Gifu? Does it look like 父?

You can see the sign very vague on this photo, it's the best one i could find right now:
http://213.160.193.116/pix/p070705/67ca ... 7471_x.jpg
It's at the bottom of the most left lamppost.
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Post by Binsento » Thu 10.06.2005 8:17 am

Ow !
Could it possibly be this one?
http://www.thejapanesepage2.com/kanji/kk233.htm

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Post by Kates » Thu 10.06.2005 8:51 am

Probably. That kanji symbol means "school." You will see it freqently on a map to designate where a school is.

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Post by Mukade » Fri 10.07.2005 1:10 am

Binsento wrote:
Ow !
Could it possibly be this one?

Yes!

This is the kanji they use on official street signs to designate a school zone.

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Post by Kates » Fri 10.07.2005 8:08 pm

Golgo-13 wrote:
Actually that Kanji does not mean school but is a symbol for a school on a map.
That's... basically what I was saying. Forgive me for not saying it exactly as you did. Thanks for clearing up my mistake and all.

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Post by nprz » Mon 10.10.2005 12:50 am

It's too bad they wouldn't use a kanji like 校 which is a suffix for school. It has the 父 kanji in there too :)

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Post by Mukade » Mon 10.10.2005 6:20 am

nprz wrote:
It's too bad they wouldn't use a kanji like 校 which is a suffix for school. It has the 父 kanji in there too :)
If you look up the etymology of the character 校, you'll find that it means "wooden shackles for the legs" (the left hand side is wood, and the right hand side are a pair of legs crossed).

So a 学校 is a "child under a roof" with his/her "legs shackled" in order to learn.

:p

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Post by nprz » Mon 10.10.2005 7:32 pm

That is scary. Although shackling the legs wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing in school ;)

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