二 (Two) Kanji Discussion

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二 - Two



This kanji looks like the Roman numeral II (two) laying on its side.

Grade: 1
Strokes: 2
JLPT Level: N5
Readings: ニ, ふた, ふた・つ

This picture has gone though quite a few changes since the beginning.

Here’s one of the originals. Back in the day, uchisen only had black and white pictures and looked much more basic than they do now (as you can tell).

As we started moving toward color pictures, here’s what @Saori came up with:

It resembles the final picture much more but is very muted when compared to the final picture. This is the style we were thinking about going with, but liked full-color more in the end.

I have a silly question. Are the strokes the same length or is the top stroke shorter than the bottom? Thank you! :two_hearts:

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Good question! The top stroke should be shorter than the bottom :slight_smile:

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What word would the symbol make if the two lines were the same length?

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Thanks for the question!
It wouldn’t make any other kanji if they’re same length, so people would probably still think the symbol as 二 (two) from the context. However, some may see it as an equals symbol (=) :grinning:

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Oh! Cool, thank you so much! :smiley:

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