Can anyone help me understand the memonic for this radical?


I’m really struggling to picture this for some reason

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It’s a bit of a stretch since it’s not actually meant to look like a temple originally anyway. It just happens to mean temple (it’s a hand on the bottom with a phonetic symbol on the top that got simplified to 土 over time, so there’s no dirt relation originally or anything).

But I guess they’re trying to say you can try imagining one of these layered temples

Balancing on something below it.

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Maybe something like this? This is one of the more famous buildings at Yama-dera in Yamagata Prefecture.

(Though the vertical stroke in the bottom half isn’t angled like I’ve drawn here.)

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What’s interesting is that the traditional character has 士 - Jisho.org instead of 土 - Jisho.org at the top.

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I practically imagine like this.

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I imagine a side on temple that is sitting on a hill like this

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This is really helpful thank you so much <3

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Ah that photo specifically is helping me picture it a lot better for some reason. Thank you!!

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