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  Originally, a depiction of a long and thin stream of water being poured from on high in a slender arc over a bather's back. Far and distant are extended meanings, a long stream of water likened to a length of distance. Feel at ease is another extended meaning (the soothing sensation of having water poured on one's back). Place is a borrowed meaning. In contemporary Japanese orthography, the compound character below at top left employs a simplified form of this element. (Part 1 of 2) Watch kanji video »
Slender and curved
adds tree/wood to indicate a slender, curved branch. Associated and extended meanings include line, long, avenue, clause (= line of text), reason and logic.
adds flesh to indicate slender, curved strips of dried meat.
Sender and curved; distant
adds pattern to suggest "arrange in a slender, curving pattern." Practice, master and govern/conduct oneself are extended, abstract meanings.
adds heart/emotions to suggest emotional distance. Thus the meaning (emotionally) distant. Leisure is a borrowed meaning.
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