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vermilion; sincerity; mental energy
Kanji 1563

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Synopsis

Find out which hues 丹 represents. (It’s complicated!) Learn to use 丹 to discuss great effort and careful work. See how a mineral gave rise to the shape and meaning of our kanji, and find out why the ancient Chinese fatally consumed this mineral in the pursuit of immortality. Also see why the Japanese revere the peony, and read about its connection to mochi, windfalls, and shrimp.  

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Cover of essay 1563 on 丹, titled "The Color of a Torii, the Color of the Sun"
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JOYO ON-YOMI
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RADICAL丶 (3: dot)
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