Calluna V. (callunav) wrote in linguaphiles,
Calluna V.

mystery kanji in jewelry

I just realized I could ask you all about this.

Someone gave me a pendant, ages ago, that's a kanji character. She said the person who sold it to her said it meant happiness. It's definitely not the character usually used for 'happiness,' and I have a sneaking suspicion that sellers will tell customers that something means "luck" or "happiness" 90% of the time, rather than bothering to explain something more complicated. That could just be cynicism on my part, though.

Anyhow, the way that the character has to be slightly altered to make all the lines connect to make the pendant solid, combined with my lack of skill at reading/diagramming kanji means that this character has defeated every attempt I have made to look it up. I can't reliably guess how many strokes there are, let alone how many in the top half and how many in the bottom.

I'd be very grateful if someone could tell me what the actual character is. (Telling me what it means = nice bonus, but if I have the actual character, the way it appears in type, not the way it appears in jewelry, I can look up the rest myself. Which is not to say I wouldn't appreciate a translation, just that it's not necessary. I'll take Chinese or Japanese readings, with thanks.


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