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Kanji for July 14, 2005 - Animal Kanji Series #2 [Jul. 14th, 2005|04:02 pm]
Kanji of the Day



コ、 とら

KO; tora


Some examples:
虎穴 = koketsu - tiger's den
虎猫 = toraneko - tabby cat
虎毛 = torage - tiger-striped fur (or hair)

Not to be confused with:
= RYO; omonbaka(ru) - to consider

This is a popular character for white guys who like to get Chinese tattoos. It's also one of the animal kanji that you probably want to be able to recognize. It isn't one of the jōyō kanji, but it comes up often enough that it's a good one to know.

An interesting point of note is that the Eastern Zodiac sign, Tiger, is written as 寅; the kun'yomi for this character is tora as well, but the on'yomi is IN.

[User Picture]From: confusedoo
2005-07-15 01:10 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm happy to see kanji of the day back.
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[User Picture]From: wintersweet
2005-07-15 03:13 am (UTC)
It's funny that you just missed toratigris' birthday for posting this. :)
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From: feyarh
2005-07-15 03:20 am (UTC)
Hey, everyone, I'm not dead! I'll resume the advanced kanji postings tonight.

Thanks for jogging my memory about the on'yomi of the zodiacal version of tiger. I was wondering why I kept trying to look the regular character up under IN.

A great expression with 虎 is 虎になる, to get drunk (literally "to become a tiger".)
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[User Picture]From: samiitiger
2005-07-15 03:56 am (UTC)
Read as "tora ni naru"?
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-07-15 07:16 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: dermotmacflann
2005-07-16 05:22 am (UTC)
白虎 = Byakko the White Tiger
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[User Picture]From: brownkuma
2005-07-16 07:47 am (UTC)
Remind me to give ya guys a Taoism class one day ;3
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-04-05 02:53 pm (UTC)

How about this tiger?

How about this Tiger character? 乕
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