ilfautaimer (ilfautaimer) wrote in linguaphiles,

Kanji- baku

When I was growing up, my favorite stuffed animal had been a baku that my grandmother had given me because I had such terrible nightmares. Since I've been feeling sentimental and would feel a little silly bringing a stuffed animal back to college with me, I though I would make a painting from the kanji. However, I don't know Japanese and the kanji on wikipedia is too small for me to make out clear enough to paint it. I was searching around the internet and the best I could find was this:

Is this the kanji for the Japanese mythical beast? It seems like baku also means "wheat" and "explode", and I just want to make sure that I get this right.

Also, I've always pronounced it like it's spelled, with no emphasis on either syllable. Is this correct?

Thanks so much for any and all help!

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