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turtle, tortoise; "turtle" radical
Kanji 1985

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Synopsis

People universally associate turtles with slowness. The Japanese do, too, but they’ve taken turtle symbolism quite a bit further. They also see these ponderous animals as representing luck, longevity, wisdom, experience, divisiveness, ugliness, and sexual attractiveness! Ugliness and sexual attractiveness?! Quite a range! As if all that weren’t enough, 亀 is also a radical and a new addition to the Joyo set, as of 2010.

Revision history:

February 24, 2013: Fixed a link on page 3.

August 24, 2012: Added two photos to page 14.

June 2, 2012: Added two photos to page 13.

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turtle's picture
I had to check out Turtle since that is the symbol for when my husband, Mac, is trying to connect with me. Karen
 
eve's picture
Oh, Karen! Mac's cartoon of a turtle is on the last page of this essay! I just love that cartoon, no matter how many times I look at it! Fun to see you here with the first JOK comment anyone has made! :-)
 

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