I've seen that 箱 could be read as ソウ, but when I look in the dictionaries I use most of the time, I can only find words with はこ (Or ばこ)reading (then you realize that Japanese have boxes for everything ^^)

Do you have any examples where 箱 is read ソウ?

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Here you have some (from my 漢和辞典):


Every word roughly means "various boxes". None of them is common word, but I can guarantee these words are never read in 訓読み, because it would become はこはこ and you don't make sense.


There aren't really any common words using the ソウ reading. However, I was able to find the word 書箱{しょそう}, meaning "bookcase". That word is definitely not common, but it is the only one I can find.

  • which can also be read as しょばこ apparently... :(
    – Steven
    Commented Aug 28, 2015 at 4:31

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