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Kanji and Hiragana
 
The beauty of Kanji as a design, is a part of the total Japanese tradition as well as an artistic form for fine hand crafted jewelry.
 
 The Japanese writing system is composed of two syllabic scripts, called 平仮名 hiragana and thousands of Chinese characters, called 漢字 kanji. The three scripts basically have different functions. Hiragana is used mostly to write grammatical elements, such as inflectional verb endings, and sometimes for writing native Japanese words. For example, in 見た mita the kanji 見 represents the stem of the verb 見る miru 'see' and た ta is a verb ending for forming the past tense. The kana endings attached to a kanji base or stem are called 送り仮名 okurigana.
 
 Kanji are used to write the core of the Japanese vocabulary. This includes words, especially nouns, of Chinese origin and words coined in Japan on the Chinese model, such as 山脈 sanmyaku 'mountain range', as well as native Japanese words, such as 山 yama 'mountain'. Kanji have three basic properties: form, sound, and meaning. Each character may be pronounced according to its Chinese derived on reading, or one of several native Japanese kun readings, and each reading may have numerous meanings associated with it.
 
 A running Japanese text consists of a mixture of kanji and kana, with the latter normally outnumbering the former. For example:
漢字を組み合わせることによって多数の熟語が作り出せます。
Kanji o kumiawaseru koto ni yotte tasū no jukugo ga tsukuridasemasu.
Numerous compound words can be formed by combining Chinese characters.
 
 In the above sentence, particles such as を o (object marker), as well as verb endings (-わせる -waseru in 組み合わせる kumiawaseru 'combine'), are written in hiragana, whereas nouns, such as 熟語 jukugo 'compound word', are written in kanji. Hiragana characters serve as natural borderlines that help the reader segment the text into meaningful units. For this reason, a Japanese text is easier to read than a running Chinese text, which consists of Chinese characters only.
 
We can custom create any form or setting incorporating any of the two Japanese writing forms. Please contact us for details regarding custom Kanji or Hiragana  jewelry