Reason 由 is an overripe gourd!

Sometimes I feel intrigued by the shape of some Kanji. Whenever happens I consult Noriko William’s page to check if there is some story/meaning behind the shape. As I really liked the stories for the kanji’s that use the overripe gourd, I am sharing her link for some kanjis that you saw by level 20 or earlier: 由, 宙 and 笛.


Thanks. It’s always cool to get more etymology behind kanji.

I love when there is some story but lots of time, the shape has nothing to do with the kanji. The kanji is being used only because another word associated to it shared the same pronunciation.

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