Readings & Meanings:
wish, ask a favor, desire
Please take care of me in the future as well. (set phrase to say upon meeting someone)
My heart's desire is to buy a camera.
I submitted my application for Japanese certification.
In the hopes of my wish coming true this year, I offer up my prayer.
Oogai is the radical, 頁. It's a pictograph of a kneeling person with a huge head.
原 is the phonetic. Inside the cliff frame, 泉 is squished. 泉 is a spring of water. The pictograph suggests a circular spring.
At first, this combination of pictographs suggested the meaning of "round head." After a while, though, this kanji meant an idea that springs up and goes round and round your brain, over and over, like a wish. This led also to "request."