Readings & Meanings:
I dry the laundry. (outside)
Umeboshi (pickled plum) is salty.
For the writings that have to be filed with the court, the slightest amount of mistakes is unforgivable.
干 is its own radical! It's called Ichi-juu. Can you figure out why?
This is a pictograph of a forked stick that keeps enemies at a distance. Original meaning is "thrust/defense." "Dry" is a borrowed meaning.
梅干 is delicious. Don't let the example sentence fool you; there are salty varieties of 梅干, and sake-soaked versions, but the kind I love the best is the red kind. It's a little sweet, but mostly sour, and yeah, a little bit salty, but it's amazing in onigiri.
Below is a quick photo of the brand of 梅干 that I like the best. Note that it's Shiso Umeboshi; that's what gives it the sour taste I love.