"Arigatou" is one of my favorite words. We say "arigatou" to express our feelings of "kansha"(gratitude).
When I say "arigato", nothing is in my mind, but I feel warmth in my heart, thinking of someone or something who has touched my heart. I am so sure that everyone says "arigatou" with a SMILE.
What I'd like to share with you today is the original meanings of kansha and arigato in kanij, which touched my heart when I learned about them.
Kansha consists of two Kanji CHARACTERS; KAN and SHA, as you can see below.
First, let me explain the meaning of each one.
Kan means to be moved, or to feel.
Kokoro is "heart".
Sha is to express thanks, or to apologize.
Iu means to tell, say or express.
Iru means shoot.
Arigatou has two kanji characters: aru and nan.
Aru means to exist and nan means to be difficult.
So, Arigato's ordinal meaning is that it is difficult to exist or it is rare and precious to exist.
What touched me?
Well...it is difficult for me to explain in English, but if I try, these original meanings gave me the following sense:
Living in this world in this moment is rare and incredibly precious. We are not alone in this world. We are connected to everything around us; family, friends, society, world, nature, universe. We are alive with gratitude to everything around us.
I also find this saying "arigato" to be a beautiful cycle of energy.