In the first page of the novel Shika no Ou by Uehashi Nahoko, this proper noun/kanji is used with some unusual furigana: <光る葉っぱ> read as ピカ・パル. Since it's a fantasy novel and I know that the author uses non-Japanese derived names in her work, I figured it may be the case here. But, it's my first time reading one of her books and I'm generally confused if this is a given name, a plant name, or something else. How would a Japanese reader interpret this?


  • It is listed under plants here.
    – aguijonazo
    Commented Jul 21, 2021 at 3:04

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Something like this is very common in novels and lyrics, and similar questions have been asked many times:

In your case, the author want you to read this word as ピカ・バル, but also want you to know the meaning of ピカ・バル is "shining leaf".

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