Sunday, February 28, 2010
"Hotoke" Japanese calligraphy
"仏" (butsu, or hotoke). It is translated as Buddha, Buddhist image.
There is "France" in a special meaning elsewhere.
This is because it is transcribed "仏蘭西" into France in a kanji.
It is abbreviated it, and even a top letter "仏" means France.
This character is written by Kanzi, Regular script.
Etymology : Because the words called Buddha were very important words, an exclusive kanji called "佛" was made in China.
In Japan, it is generaly used in omitted form. Of course original is used, too.
"佛" is here, look at please.