漢字. Chinese characters as used in Japanese writing as opposed to the two kana syllabaries and rōmaji (Latin letters).

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japanese ambiguous sentences [on hold]

hello guys can you help me to translate this ambiguous sentence? これは道路の上に作られた細い溝と、その上を通るタイヤによって作られるのだが、制限速度で走らないと音楽らしい音楽に聞こえない。 translation: it is narrow gutter which is laid on top of road, ...
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What is this odd character?

It foiled 3 different online handwriting input websites. I tried looking it up via radicals to no avail. The rest of the characters in this font were quite easy to get. As per request, the context. ...
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What's the correct way to write eggplant?

Why is eggplant in japanese written as 茄子 (nasubi) and not just 茄 (nasu)?
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Etymology of 米国 (べいこく)

As far as I understand, the Chinese people called America "美国" (among many) which literally translates to 'beautiful country'. I understand it was phonetic transcription of 'America'. But I wonder ...
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How are the Kanji in this Dictionary Ordered? [migrated]

I don't understand the basis for the ordering of the Kanji in this dictionary: http://www.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kotenseki/html/ho04/ho04_00717/index.html It seems to be a Rime Dictionary and I found ...
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Ask Japanese complicated passage

何か自分が望まないことを断るという状況を、セミナーなどで様々な方に実演してもらうことがあります。その時、訓練を受けていない人は9割方、『自分の利害の説明』から始めようとしがちです。 例えば、会社の利益になると思えない残業を命じられたり、法令や規則違反ギリギリの仕事を依頼されたりする場面で、ほとんどの人は『自分はそれをしたくない』とだけ言い張ったり、...
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What is the most “comprehensive” kanji dictionary?

I tried a quick search among similar questions but could not find exactly what I would like to know. In Chinese, there is a huge dictionary called 汉语大词典 that covers more than 54600 characters (at ...
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Using「仇」instead of 「敵」

Here is the full sentence including the word. 小気味いい矢吹丈と、ボクシングだけを想う老残の丹下段平、そしてチャーミングな仇役力石徹。 I found that the first Kanji 「仇」is 表外漢字 and an alternative form of 「敵」. Then, I am curious why the writer ...
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What is correct reading for 舞桜

What is the correct reading of word 舞桜? I found some pages, where they state, that it's one of variants of female name read as 「まお」, in this form meaning "dancing cherry blossom", but I checked in ...
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Definition of 例車? [closed]

I hear this word often in train/subway stations, and I've seen it a couple times on the internet, but I can't find a definition for this word in the dictionaries I've checked. What is a 例車?
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What are the most obscure kanji?

To my understanding, there are standardised kanji that have either: No reliable information on how they are to be pronounced OR No reliable information on what they mean OR All of the above. Do ...
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Why is the Kanji 「太」read 「ふとし]?

I found this one from a title of a manga チャンピオン太 As my understanding, it should be read just as「ふと」.
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Why is the place's official name written as “なら工藝館” (rather than “奈良工藝館”)?

When I visited Nara, I noticed that on the bus stop lists, the Nara Craft Museum's name did not use Kanji for "Nara" but spelled out with hiragana, as "なら工藝館". As it turns out, in almost all other ...
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Do all kanji parts have a meaning?

I'm beginner in Japanese, and I was analysing some kanji. I was noticing the parts of 燃. I see a dog there, a fire, another fire, and then there is this 夕 with two strokes in the middle instead of one,...
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皆さんはどんな字を書いていますか? / How do Japanese speakers write kana or kanji by hand?

日本語 この頃メタの方で「手書きの文字をチェックしてください」という質問は受け付けるべきかという話題がありました。個人的には受け付けてもよいと考えているのですが、何人もの学習者がわけもわからず同じような質問を繰り返すのでは生産性がない、という意見があり、これはその通りだと思いました。学習者は教科書などから字の書き方を学ぶと思いますが、初学者用の教科書体といえども、毛筆の運筆を残していたり、...
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Meaning of 'すれ違う赤の軌道'

I don't really get the meaning of this line 'すれ違う赤の軌道' Could it mean 'Crimson path crossed' or 'The crimson path i crossed' ?
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What do these kanji mean: 吉庆有余 [migrated]

Can someone please tell me what it means? I don't understand the 2nd kanji and can't find it online.
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僕受付 Pronouns 僕 not used alone and how it change the meaning

EDIT: To clarify what I'm asking, I don't understand what 僕 bring to the sentence as I feel I could get the same meaning from the sentence even by removing 僕 from them. In the end, I just don't ...
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Abbreviating words by removing their okurigana

First of all, is that even what this is, and is there a term for it? For example, in a certain application's settings menu there is an option for vibration sensitivity that looks like this: 感度: ...
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What does this say? [closed]

Just the kanji written out is fine, I can probably figure out what it means on my own.
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Is みなすじ a “Precedented” Reading of 水脈?

I heard the word 水脈 sung as みなすじ in a song, and I wouldn't have known what word was actually being said if I hadn't had the lyrics present. My dictionary doesn't show that as a possible reading, so I ...
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Pronunciation of 書 when by itself (meaning “book” / “piece of writing”)

I am just beginning to read book reviews in Japanese, starting with this one at 小説すばる. I'm noticing that quite often the kanji 書 appears by itself, in phrases like: 書の内容 幅広いジャンルの書 ...
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Most common/appropriate reading of 執行

Recently I stumbled upon this passage: [...] 最高執行責任者は変化の兆しを語る. The dictionary reports four readings for 執行: しぎょう、しっこう、しゅうぎょう、 and しゅぎょう。 Moving on with the reading I also found the word 執行役員 that ...
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How is 値 (あたい・ち・ね) read and when?

Out of the three lectures ね is the easiest to predict for me because it is always related to a price as in 値が張る (which is the only place where I would read it ね when alone), this lecture can also be ...
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How often do single dots stick to the top of kanji?

In Chinese, characters with a single dot on top stay separated from the rest of the character. (Eg. Chinese 宝) In kanji, this is frequently not the case - virtually all 宀 characters I see have dots ...
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what is this kanji? why is it used?

Please look at the 2nd kanji in the 熟語 that starts with 陰: That 熟語 means "grimly" and looks like a 形容動詞. Example usage: 「もう一度、JLPT不合格です」家庭教師は陰_にいった。 Using New Nelson I looked under 陰 and did ...
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Why is the kanji of idiot written with the kanji for “horse” and “deer” together?

I'm learning Japanese, but I'm a beginner, and I need to understand why this kanji is a compound of the kanji for "horse" and "deer": 馬鹿 = idiot 馬 = horse 鹿 = deer Why?
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difference between 級 and 位

As the title indicates; I'm doing some kanji studying, and these two came up with the exact same translation which is "rank", there are no synonyms given so I'm not sure what is the difference between ...
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[苛々 ]{いらいら} versus [刺々 ]{いらいら}

Is there any difference in meaning between using [苛々 ]{いらいら} or [刺々 ]{いらいら} to indicate annoyance?
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several difficulties reading an extract about Kobayashi Issa's works

I'm still reading "小林{こばやし}一茶{いっさ}" (a book written by 宗左近/Sō Sakon about the famous poet). I'm facing several difficulties with the following extract : 愛{あい}の歌{うた} 怒{いか}りの歌{うた} 作品{さくひん}の特色{...
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Two Kanji Radicals for “River”?

I was studying some radicals using an app and one of the radicals listed is defined as river and looks like this: 巛 Yet I know the kanji for river looks like: 川 Can anyone explain to me ...
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When to use 座る vs 坐る

As I'm starting to explore more kanji, I've come across these two ways of writing すわる (to sit): 座る and 坐る. I would like to know when to use one over the other. Are there nuances that would make one ...
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How do I read 田中孝司 as a name? [duplicate]

田中孝司 is pronounced as たなかたかし and たなかこうじ. I'm afraid that there could be other pronunciations of the same kanji characters. How should I understand it?
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Need help with 熊 pronunciation [duplicate]

Sorry if this question have already been asked but I did some research and didn't find anything about this. So I just started to learn some kanji and I decided to look around at names with kanji just ...
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About 忙 and 忘 using same radicals but having different meanings

Today I confused 忙 with 忘 and now I can see why: they are made of same radicals and yet they have different meanings. Is there a logical reason for this?
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Japanese for “Dami Im”

How would I translate Dami Im's name into Japanese? Im was born in South Korea (her name in Korean is 임다미), but moved to Australia when she was nine. "Dami" is her given name, and "Im" is her surname,...
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Why write「もの」instead of 「物」 or 「者」?

In the following example, it remains unclear to me why the term もの is written in hiragana. あの真っ黒なものは何 Here is a second example, where 優しい is written in hiragana. とてもあの人はやさしい My ...
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Deciphering Kawaii Writing

I was wondering if anyone knew how to read Kawaii writing and if there is any guide to help us read them? For example the following is I believe an omake or bonus page and it's not the first time I ...
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Why are there different names for the same kanji radical?

I was wondering why some of the names for kanji radicals are different depending on the source. For example, right now I'm learning radicals on kaniwani and they called 「丶」 drop, but on my kanji ...
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Can I use Kanji for my first name?

I would like to use Kanji for my first name (Winri) when I go to Japan. Is this okay to do? If so, what characters would go into the name?
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Difference between the kanjis for “tears/なみだ”: 涙 and 泪

I found here that 涙 is a semasio-phonetic character (形声文字) while 泪 is a more visual version. Apart from that no big differences should be between this two ways of writing "namida". Anyway I would like ...
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Health related kanji compound: 了承群

I'm currently trying to plug my way through a Japanese article about end-of-life care for the elderly. So far I'm getting the jist, but one compound has stumped me. Here's the full sentence: ...
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Kanji that represent “Death before Dishonor” meaning

There's a saying in English "Death before Dishonor" Which means : To die before dishonoring what ever holds great value/ You will die before going against anything that you believe in or die before ...
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Difference between onyomi words and kunyomi words

I think the more I read up on complicated topics the more I encounter onyomi words that have kunyomi synonyms. For example: 新しいvs新規 最新 終わりvs終了 危ないvs危険 Is the rule generally that onyomi words are ...
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Why would one write 譬{たと}える this way?

In this question, たとえる is written 譬える. At first, I thought it might be to emphasize something but according to my research, 譬 is composed of two parts: the top 壁 without the 土, and 言. Therefore its on-...
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How do I read 数 in ページ数?

ページ数 means number of pages. Is it すう or かず?
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What is the name for kanji that only have ON reading, but no KUN reading?

I have learnt that there is a name for kanji that were invented in Japan - kokuji. Most of them only have KUN reading and do not have ON reading. I know there are kanji that only have ON reading(s) ...
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Kanji for なくす - to lose something

When I went to check the kanji for なくす (to lose something) I saw that tangorin.com offers 3 different possible characters. I've seen the first one (無) in some mangas and that's the one I knew, but ...
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Why does 屋根 means roof and 天井 means ceiling? Shouldn't it be the contrary?

I was learning these words with my kanji list, and I thought that I made a mistake and switched their meanings, but after checking the dictionary again I realized that actually their definition is ...
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What's the meaning of 乃?

Google Translator gives me no result.