ナン, ナ, みなみ, なみ, は, みな, みまみ

south

JLPT5 G2 S9 F341

The relevant oracle bone form of this character is a depiction of a hut or small storehouse. However, a seal inscription form is grass shoot + an element# combining boundary/enclosure and an inverted pierced by two horizontal lines, suggesting sprouts placed inside a hothouse for cultivation → *south* (← direction associated with warmth, which hothouses were positioned to face).

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