Date: June 14th, 2003
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Guan1 – Close, Shut, Turn Off, Concern, Involve

So open is and close is . They look similar. The frame around both is – Men2 – Door.

Inside is – Jian1 – Even, and inside is something meaningless and confusing, but it seems to have something to do with threads or looms.


  1. Joe Joe  
    June 14th, 2003

  2. wow, the japanese use a totally different character for close. open is the same.

    open = 開ける

    but close = 閉める


  3. stevesteve  
    June 14th, 2003

  4. That\’s interesting, there\’s Kanji that are made up of other Kanji and Katakana? I wouldn\’t have guessed that these two character sets would have infected each other this way.


  5. Joe Joe  
    June 16th, 2003

  6. well, the katakana is just a simplized version of some kanji somewhere, same goes for hiragana. I actually wonder if the thing in the japanese character for close is katakana O or it`s something else. Anyway, it looks and is written the same.


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