ホウ, たから, ほ

treasure, wealth, valuables

JLPT2 G6 S8 F1139

This character was written with a combination of many different elements before was settled upon as the standard form. Among these combinations, most of the forms featured both roof/building and 貝 commodities. The phonetic similarity to suggests that the original idea of the character that came to be written was that of , namely, a building stocked with abundant possessions → *treasure* → *currency* → *cherish*.

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