corvi (corivax) wrote,

Kanji 101: cho

This is cho, which, interestingly, means both "to listen carefully" and "to ask."

Four pieces to this one. On the left, a stylized ear above 'still'. Stand still listening, listen standing still. The piece on the right is an entire character of its own, usually interpreted 'virtue' - the flamelike thing on the bottom is 'heart' and the bit about is 'direct'. To act from the heart, to follow the dictates of the heart. So, cho - to listen with the heart, listen in stillness, listen in love.

It has picked up the associated meaning "to ask" comparatively recently. This is a nice word/concept.

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