The Radical: 自

oneself    自

Explanation The Radical mizukara shows an eye that has an emphasis to express that the own person is meant.

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 4Joyo 2
natsu, KA, GE
From top: Cover (against the sun), I, myself (The emphasized eye is myself.), upturned foot (= sitting cross-legged)
Covered (= in the shade) I myself sit cross-legged, because it is summer.
JLPT 4Joyo 2
mizukara, SHI, JI
An emphasis with an eye
I emphasize the eye shows the: own self.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
breath, breathing, son
iki, SOKU
Top: oneself (The accented eye as the "self"), below: heart
I myself I am and my heart exists as long as I breathe, and my breath lives on in my son.
JLPT 2Joyo 3
nose, snout
hana, BI
From top: self (The emphasized eye as the "self"), rice field , plant
(Because of hay fever:) I myself in a field with plants and it itches at my nose.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
rest, relax, relaxation
ikou, KEI
Top: tongue and self (The accented eye as the "self"), bottom: heart
My tongue, myself and my heart need a rest.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
smell, stink, smack
kusai, SHŪ
Top: self (The accented eye as the "self"), below: big
His ego is so big that it stinks.
JLPT -Joyo 7
smell, sniff
kagu, KYŪ
Left: mouth , right: variation of smell, stink (because without "dog" )
The mouth itself of the dog can sniff a smell. (Or: The mouth itself of a dog has a smell.)

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