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焚 ta (ku) = heat, burn

This month's kanji We have to thank this year's Berlinale - or the wonderful Canadian-Japanese film "Kamataki" by Claude Gagnon, which received an honorable mention in the "14 plus" category.

Kamataki is the fire in the kiln (kama), in which a Japanese artist burns his traditional ceramics. The quality of the resulting works of art depends crucially on the temperature and intensity of this log fire. In fact, this experience with the primal forces of nature, the responsibility and physical exertion transferred (to keep the fire at a good level during the burning process) helps a young man to find his lust for life again. But we shouldn't be concerned with the film as such, although I very much hope that it will soon find a German distributor and the local cinemas! And then it will certainly also be discussed and advertised in our film section.

The character itself is quickly deduced if we follow the explanation of the dictionary of Kanji originsKanjigen of the publisher Gakken follow: We already have the fire 火 (Hi) and the tree 木 (ki), which of course also stands for “wood”. But if you had the chance to see this film, you can understand that a lot of wood is burned to burn a load of ceramics - a "small forest" 林 (hayashi) was first piled up in neatly bundled logs, only to be fed in batches to the voracious flames.

The nice thing though is that you can get thiskanji only have to look, and with a little imagination you can see these originally stacked logs that are thrown into the licking fire, which soon scorches the light brown wood and shatters all order ...

For those who would like to know more, there is another explanation of the origin of the character, namely that of the Kanji lexicon of the Obunsha publishing house. Accordingly, the upper part comes with the two trees 林 (hayashi) originally from the character 棥 (han, later fun), which reproduces the sound of a crackling fire. At some point this part of the sign was abbreviated and only represented by two trees as we know it today. According to this theory, our sign is made up of fire and the sound of a crackling fire - a sound that we can very well imagine when we think of warming log fires in the current cold season.

So if you are about to light an Easter fire or look into a log fire, think of our sign. In a pinch you can also remind yourself when burning incense sticks - you would do this too kanji 焚 (taku) use.

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