へのへのもへじ

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Japanese[edit]

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へのへのもへじ (henohenomoheji): the traditional face drawn using the characters , , , and .

Etymology[edit]

From the hiragana characters used to draw it.[1][2] The first two he are the eyebrows, the two no are the eyes, the mo is a nose, and the last he is the mouth. The outline of the face is made by the character shi, with the ear formed by the two short strokes of the dakuten (a diacritic indicating a voiced sound, here turning shi into ji).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Tokyo) のへのもへ [hènóhénómóhéꜜjì] (Nakadaka – [6])[2]
  • (Tokyo) のへのもへじ [hènóhénómóꜜhèjì] (Nakadaka – [5])[2]
  • IPA(key): [he̞no̞he̞no̞mo̞he̞ʑi]

Noun[edit]

へのへのもへじ (rōmaji henohenomoheji)

  1. a face drawn using the hiragana characters (he), (no), (mo), and (ji)
    • 2004, 古野宣雄 (Nobuo Furuno), (in Japanese), ISBN 9784835583525, page 151:
       (いえ) (ちか)くにあった (はたけ) (たな)にカボチャがなっていて、 (ちい)さいうちに、へのへのもへじ ()いておくと、 (おお)きくなった (とき) (おお)きな (きず)になっていて、 (だれ) ()けたかすぐ (わか)ってしまって、 (おこ)ったことあったよネ—」
      “Ie no chikaku ni atta hatake no tana ni kabocha ga natteite, chīsai uchi ni, henohenomoheji o kaiteokuto, ōkiku natta toki, ōki na kizu ni natteite, dare ga tsuketa ka sugu wakatteshimatte, okotta koto atta yo ne—”
      (please add an English translation of this example)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9