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Origins of kana characters

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In Japan, are ordinary people likely to know which Chinese characters each of the kana characters originally developed from? Or would it only be language specialists who know this?
 
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This seems like the sort of trivia that the average person has a vague-ish knowledge of (even I know あ = 安 ) but wouldn't know in detail unless they had use for it - e.g. somebody with an interest in history, old literature, calligraphy, or something along those lines.
 
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