Decomposition Option of the Chinese Character 天 tiān ‘sky’

天 tiān ‘sky’ 一 yī one 大 dà big 一 yī one 人 rén man

天一 大 一 人

NB. Synonyms: Structural analysis of the Chinese characters, Breakdown of the Chinese characters, Chinese characters split.

  • Japanese kanji came from Chinese characters. Some kanji retain the original meaning, some do not. Beside some Japanese original coined new kanji, they are exactly the same characters.
    – Tang Ho
    Feb 10, 2017 at 8:52
  • Thanks for the explanation. Japanese characters are Chinese in their nature, aren't they? Feb 10, 2017 at 9:49

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Almost all Japanese characters (in my experience >99%) are exist in Chinese. Few are changed a little, like 宮 and 宫. As a Chinese, I have no difficulty in recognizing Japanese characters.

Some of Chinese characters is simplified in simplified Chinese, but remain unchanged in Japanese, like 車 and 车.

There are some rare Japanese characters which doesn't has corresponding Chinese character. But they are still formed by components used in other characters.

  • How often and when Chinese character decomposition is applied to Japanese characters? Feb 10, 2017 at 12:24
  • Almost always except hiragana and katakana. Feb 10, 2017 at 13:02

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