In a manga about boxing, the protagonist is going to fight an american boxer. His trainer is telling him how he should train:


I don't understand what "…はんは" is. Is it a contraction of "はのは"? If so, what is its meaning? Here is the page where it is taken from. Thank you for your help!

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    What is the name of the manga? Is it リクドウ 7? Does the trainer routinely refer to people as 「はん」instead of 「さん」?
    – BJCUAI
    Commented Mar 14, 2018 at 18:35
  • Yes it's リクドウ 7. The trainer doesn't usually refer to people neither with 「はん」nor with 「さん」. He is quite a rude character. Is 「はん」a colloquial version of 「さん」?
    – Marco
    Commented Mar 14, 2018 at 19:33
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    It is dialectical. Mainly around western Japan (Osaka, Kyoto).
    – BJCUAI
    Commented Mar 14, 2018 at 20:06

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はん is an uncommon dialectal name suffix similar to さん. It's widely known as a Kyoto-ben word. I may be stereotyped, but はん is typically used by maiko/geisha.

The person who said this is not a Kyoto-ben speaker, right? Then I think he used it as a mild joke. はん has a old-fashioned/pre-modern overtone (Kyoto was an ancient capital of Japan), so using はん can imply the American opponent is more advanced.

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