The Radical: 井


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well    井

Explanation

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JLPT 4Joyo 3
cold
samui, KAN
From top: a roof , a well , variant of six , variant of ice
A roof over the well and six blocks of ice: That is cold!
JLPT 3Joyo 4
enclose, surround
kakomu, I
An enclosure with a well
The well shall be surrounded by an enclosure.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
plow, cultivate, to till(ground)
tagayasu,
Left: (tree with many branches), right: well (Here: furrows = plowed lines in the field)
For the tree to get many branches, furrows need be plowed.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
argillaceous/clay soil at farmland, ground

Left: earth, soil , right: (six , well , clothes )
This soil from the six wells sticks at your clothes: clay-soil.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
young lady, missy, daughter

Left: woman , right: (six , well , clothes )
This young lady could fill six wells with her clothes: It's my missy, my daughter.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
hand over, give, devolve, defer, convey
yuzuru,
Left: word , right: six , well , clothes
With these words, six wells and clothes were handed over.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
brew (beer/sake), cause
kamosu,
Left: wine mug , right: (six , well , clothes )
A wine mug, six wells and (appropriate) clothes are needed when: brewing.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
well
i, SEI, SHŌ

Image of a framed well
JLPT 1Joyo 7
wall, fence
HEI
Left: earth , right: buttocks in side view , to unite (When coming out of a the gate (= image of a toori) of a shinto-shrine you shall be united)
Made of earth to unite the buttocks within: The wall or the fence.
JLPT -Joyo 7
obstruct, blockage
fusagu, fusagaru, SAI, SOKU
From top: roof , a well , var. of six , earth
Despite the roof, the well was already six-times filled with earth and thus obstructed.
JLPT -Joyo 7
bowl of food, donburi
donburi, DON
Well with sth. in it
Like a filled well is that bowl "Donburi".
JLPT -Joyo 7
mochi, rice cake
mochi, HEI
Left: food (cover on good food), right: [out of [here: two pestles] - [here: as a box like donburi ])
(This sticky rice porridge is beaten soft for hours.) The food that is pounded with pestles in a box is: mochi.

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