I have been trying to find the meaning of this kanji for 2 hours now. What does it mean?


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The kanji is 堂{どう} (), and it usually means hall or temple when used in compounds (words that contain multiple kanji characters), for example 食堂{しょくどう} (shokudō, dining hall, canteen) and 講堂{こうどう} (kōdō, lecturing hall, auditorium).

The character usually doesn't appear on its own, so I'm curious to see the full image if you have it.

Here's a trick from an answer to a similar question: you can use this tool to select kanji radicals (building blocks of kanji) in the character you're trying to find. For 堂, I selected the 土 and 口 radicals and then looked for it in the list of potential matches.

  • i.imgur.com/ev7vwua.png this is the full image. It is a shop of a mechanic in an anime.
    – Gintoki
    Commented Aug 6, 2021 at 9:51
  • Ah I see, that makes sense. Commented Aug 6, 2021 at 9:59
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    The screenshot is from an anime called Gintama in which it is the shop of the best mechanic in edo. Its the sign of his shop. The owner's name is Gengai.
    – Gintoki
    Commented Aug 6, 2021 at 10:00
  • also thanks for the trick, its a lot easier to find some kanji's now
    – Gintoki
    Commented Aug 6, 2021 at 10:03

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