Meaning of little kanji in left corner

Hi guys, can someone tell me what those little colored kanji on top of a big kanji mean?
thank you

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天 - Heaven
上 - Above
下 - Below

Are you using a script?

Looks like the Semantic-Phonetic Composition script to me.

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Ah, got it.

@vacchins Check out this link:


天 - perfect match, the phonetic component is the reading
上 - close match, the phonetic component is one of the readings, but maybe not the main one
下 - the phonetic component is not used for the reading or it uses a different phonetic component


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