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How to remember?

Originally, this Kanji meant "root". The 一 indicated that it was the bottom of a tree (木). But neither modern Japanese nor Chinese keeps this meaning.

We, however, can use this obsolete meaning to help us remember that this Kanji means "origin". The shape of tree root can also help us remember that it can be used as a counter for long objects. Being the "origin", this Kanji can also means "for real", "authentic".

When used alone, this Kanji usually means "book". (Chinese does not have this meaning.) You can imagine that the radical 木 is like an opened book standing on a desk. And you look down at it, as illustrated. The 一 is like a bookmark (しおり).

Radical

The radical of this Kanji is 木.

Do not confuse this Kanji with:

-which means "end"

-which means "not yet"