[Culture] From Kanji to Hiragana


That is some terribly deformed kanji but I'm a big fan of Japanese and Japanese things so I can forgive this blasphem--I'm just kidding, but all the same, wow, it's interesting to see how Hiragana has come to be what it is today.

Kanji to Hiragana chart

Chinese looked a lot different than it does now in its heyday of course, and it won't ever stop evolving. From changing to using Simplied Chinese by the Mainland in order to make it easier for poorer people to learn, to creation of new characters and ways of writing by Cantonese speakers. Language is always changing, and not to mention as new words come up in English, other countries and languages will often create equivalents in order to keep up. Well, this is the case in Chinese anyway, Japanese are lucky enough to have Katakana and often other languages just keep what they refer to in English/roman lettering.

Maybe one day when I have a better understanding of Korean I'd also like to see how they reached their point today. I think I've looked into it before, but I've forgotten already! They still use characters sometimes (North Korea does this much more than South Korea does), but mostly they use Hangul!

Asian languages are fascinating... Tracing it back to its route root would be fun sometime.

Image tweeted by @yata34.

Update: Too much networking. I mean 'root' when I type 'route'.