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Old 2008-10-15, 10:54   Link #2120
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Originally Posted by LiberLibri View Post
It stems from "a circle (円)". So en is associated with anything circular: 円弧 (en-ko / arc), 円錐 (en-sui / cone), 円盤 (en-ban / disc) etc. Symbolically it signifies perfection without a flaw. 円熟 (en-juku / well-experienced), 円滑 (en-katsu / smooth) and so on.

In addition, 円 often makes pun with other words pronounced as en. For example, 縁 (en / destiny). Japanese people sometimes make offering of 5 yen coin (五円玉 go-en-dama) at a shrine, for 五円 and ご縁 (good destiny) have the same sound.
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