礼 - Totoro with his umbrella, bowing (or is it?)

Hi,

I work at a school, and we do the etiquettal practice of saying きをつけ れい (with a bow) before and after class, as well as after cleaning and when we have formal occasions (not very often now with covid).

When I came across the 礼 kanji in my level 4 progress lessons, and it was translated as “Thanks”, I immediately wondered if it was the kanji used in the れい part. Regardless, I had a mnemonic in my mind of Totoro holding his umbrella in the rain, bowing as he says ”れい".

Is this the correct kanji for this?

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Yes, this is the れい in きをつけ れい

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Yay, Leebo has answered the question, now I can show off my “Totoro with his umbrella” plushie :eyes:

Totoro? :3 Cute ball of fluff

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has a fluffy tail

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Thanks! :smiley: