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Shitajiki question

Post by dreamingxashley » Mon 04.11.2005 2:38 pm

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I was wondering why the vowels were repeated on the shitajiki? The ones circled in red are the ones Im referring too. Also the e vowel in Kataka (above the o/wo kana) seems to be different? as does the i vowel in Katakana below the wa kana. Can someone explain these for me?
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Post by Spaztick » Mon 04.11.2005 2:52 pm

The ones that look different are the older vowels that are no longer in use after WWII (wi and we). The wi and we was just replaced with the i and e, so I think it's there just as a reference to older Japanese books.
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Post by dreamingxashley » Mon 04.11.2005 2:54 pm

aha! Ok, I thought maybe the Katakana were old letters, but wasnt sure. :)

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Post by Mukade » Mon 04.11.2005 8:09 pm

dreamingxashley wrote:
aha! Ok, I thought maybe the Katakana were old letters, but wasnt sure. :)


Yes, hiragana and katakana were developed during the 7th century AD. They were created by Buddhist monks who found they were having a hard time taking notes during sermons because it takes so long to write kanji. So they just created a "short-hand" form of the characters that could be written much quicker.

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Post by dreamingxashley » Mon 04.11.2005 8:21 pm

Thats not what I meant, but thanks for the interesting history lesson. :) I meant, I had thought that the Katakana that I was wondering about (the ones circled) were older, no longer used kana, but wasnt sure... I hope I said that right this time. ^^;

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Post by dreamingxashley » Tue 04.12.2005 5:38 pm

One more question about this... what is the word that I have circled in the pic below? I know that the top two Kanji, if by themselves would be the number 15... but they arent. heh

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Post by kaoru117 » Tue 04.12.2005 6:46 pm

dreamingxashley wrote:
One more question about this... what is the word that I have circled in the pic below? I know that the top two Kanji, if by themselves would be the number 15... but they arent. heh

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Wouldn't the first 2 characters alone be 50(go-ju), not 15(Ju-go).

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Post by Spaztick » Tue 04.12.2005 6:47 pm

五?#92;音 - gojyuuoto - it means 50 sounds

(btw it goes for fiteeen 10 +5, 5 + 10, which is what's above, is 50).
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Post by dreamingxashley » Tue 04.12.2005 6:57 pm

Ok, thanks again. Yeah I goofed, I was thinking 5 kanji + 10 kanji = 15... obviously.
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Post by dreamingxashley » Tue 04.12.2005 7:00 pm

http://www.thejapanshop.net/gifts/shita1.htm

At some point I plan on buying this, just because it looks nicer than the one I made on cardboard. hehe. :)
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Post by Spaztick » Tue 04.12.2005 8:08 pm

ah, ok that makes sense. I was wondering "where in the world did 50 sounds come from?"
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Post by Mukade » Thu 04.14.2005 9:59 am

Spaztick wrote:
ah, ok that makes sense. I was wondering "where in the world did 50 sounds come from?"


"50 Sounds" is the name of the Japanese alphabet (or syllabary) in Japanese.

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Post by Spaztick » Thu 04.14.2005 12:00 pm

Interesting.
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