O mark

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An O mark, also known as Marujirushi (丸印) in Japan and Gongpyo (공표, 空標) in Korea, is the name of the symbol "◯" used to represent affirmation in East Asia, similar to its Western equivalent of the checkmark. Its opposite is the X mark ("✗") or ("×").

Hanamaru[edit]

The hanamaru (花丸?) is a variant of the O mark used in Japan, written as 💮. It is typically drawn as a spiral surrounded by rounded flower petals, suggesting a flower. It is frequently used in praising or complimenting children, and the motif often appears in children's characters and logos.

The hanamaru is frequently written on tests if a student has achieved full marks or an otherwise outstanding result. Sometimes used in place of an O mark in grading written response problems if a student's answer is especially good. Some teachers will add more rotations to the spiral the better the answer is. It is also used as a symbol for good weather.

Unicode[edit]

Unicode provides various related symbols, including:

Symbol Unicode Codepoint (Hex) Name
U+25CB WHITE CIRCLE
U+25CF BLACK CIRCLE
U+25EF LARGE CIRCLE
💮 U+1F4AE WHITE FLOWER

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