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By itself, 泊(はく)means "overnight stay," though it is also used in the verbs 泊める(とめる), which means "to lodge, give shelter, or accomodate," and 泊まる(とまる)which means "to stay overnight." It derives from the idea of a boat anchoring itself in one place, hence the さんずい(water radical).

The kanji is a simple combination of the water radical and the kanji for "white," so I just think of a hotel with a swimming pool and white walls where one might stay overnight.

(Contributed by: Will Carroll of Wesleyan 大学 on 1/30/07)

Overnight stay at a hotel.


(Contributed by: Seth Smit of Highland High School, IN on 12/5/07)

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