I have been studying vocabulary from tea descriptions and I found two kanji that have the radical 𠆢 「ひとやね」on top but they can't be found in any dictionary, there are kanji without the radical that I mentioned before that do exist.

Those words are names of brands so I think it could be added to improve the visual design but I certainly don't know.

One kanji is 嘉「か」from the tea brand Yamamotoyama (山本山)

Tho other one is the kanji 東「ひがし」which is followed by the brand name 放香堂 which is read as Hokodo (only the three last kanji).

These two kanji have the 𠆢 on top and no dictionary has any information about it. Does anyone know what is it about?

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    It seems 山本山 and 放香堂 were founded by 山本兵衛 and 源兵衛, respectively.
    – aguijonazo
    Commented Jun 22, 2022 at 7:44
  • So, after all, it's all about commercial names; thanks !
    – Isai
    Commented Jun 24, 2022 at 18:32

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Here's a reference for what these are. In the logo for Yamamotoyama, the 𠆢-like shape visually signifies 山, and is not a kanji part.

They should be thought of as logos and are not always readable directly, although they may suggest part of the name of the manufacturer.

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    Thanks for the information, now everything makes sense !
    – Isai
    Commented Jun 21, 2022 at 18:10

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