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Old 11-03-2010, 05:56 AM   #6
Josh Reyer
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Re: kanji for, and meaning of, suki

Per Kanjigen, a Japanese kanji dictionary, Niall is on the right track. The 小日小 represent small rays of sunshine, and the 阝(阜) represents an earthen wall, with an overall sense of "sunlight poking through an earthen wall → an opening".

Incidentally, if you consider this sense of "suki", it becomes clear what the "kage" (shade, shadow) of "Shinkage-ryu" means!

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