Many Kanji or Japanese
symbols originate from the picture of what the symbol means.
the symbol for Katana (shown on the left) was developed from a picture
of a sword (yes, it is hard to picture, but imagine a moon-shape sword
standing up with the handle on the top left, and a wide blade with
the sharp point on the bottom.) However, it is hard to draw a picture
of just a blade. So what did they do? They came up with an idea to
draw a picture of a sword and put a "dot" to point out the blade of
the sword. It's just like putting an arrow or circle to point out
where you would like someone to see. That's how they came up with
the symbol for blade, "Ha." As you will start to notice, many Kanji
characters are very similar. (The symbol for Power (Chikara) is also
very similar to the symbol for Katana. We didn't want to confuse you
too much today!) So be careful when you want to use any Kanji for
something permanent, like a tattoo!
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