Random Kanji Knowledge: Kanji is a complicated means of conveying language. With literally thousands of symbols that have different readings depending on context, the layers of complexity can prove overwhelming. However, beyond the squiggly lines lies sophistication to those patient and diligent enough to learn. Kanji is really cool in this regard.
Today’s kanji is 試合, which is read as shiai (shi-eye).
試合 refers to a “match/game,” such as a sporting event.
証 is the symbol for things like “test” or “try.”
合 is the kanji to “fit/join.”
In other words, you can think of 試合 as an “encounter to test,” or at least the means of seeing who is better competitively. In a sense.
The stroke order for 試合 is shown below.
Strive to do your best in a 試合.