ケン, か.ける, あがた, がた

prefecture

JLPT2 G3 S9 F140

A depiction of an upside-down, severed head (compare 首), which it was a custom to *suspend in midair* from a high place (to serve as a warning to potential criminals). In Japan, was also adopted as a Shinjitai (new character form) to replace , according to which also conveys the meanings *hang suspended in-between* and *prefecture*.

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