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Dakuten used in non-standard ways (like with vowels)?

Sometimes in manga I encounter dakuten used in unexpected ways. For example, I've seen it used after あ. I wonder what effect it has on the pronunciation. Does it basically mean that the voice is ...
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Why using です in katakana?

This question might sound stupid but it got me thinking for some hours. A friend bought me this gel pen from a Japanese store in my country, and it is written in the pen: かわいいデス instead of かわいいです ...
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What does it mean if a sentence is in all-kana?

I came across this sentence in a manga: なにすんじゃこんガキャ―――!! There is no kanji use in that speech-bubble, making it hard to work out the meaning. In fact, I haven't been able to find the meaning of ...
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Proper way to say "Look at the sky"

I've been learning japanese for quite a few weeks but I'm still pretty new to it so maybe this question will sound silly, if that's the case, I'm sorry. Because I really love the way it sounds and ...
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Why are simple kanji sometimes written in hiragana?

I was playing a game and a little boy said, おにいさん. I was wondering why it was written in hiragana? Is it because the boy wasn't my brother, so putting it in hiragana changes the meaning?
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Can I use only hiragana when writing words/sentences?

This might seem like a dumb repeated question but I need to confirm 100% so bear with me please. I started learning Hiragana and I can now write the vowels + the K things. I'm really good at ...
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Why sometimes the same words are used in hiragana and katakana?

I saw on some restaurants ramen is written like ラーメン, but sometimes like らーめん. Seems like both are correct, but I'm confused which variant should I use when I write about this meal. Does it depend on ...
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Intentional hiragana transcription for foreign names

Is it possible and acceptable to transcript foreign names into hiragana instead of katakana for aesthetic or other personal purposes? How would Japanese people judge this choice? Would they perceive ...
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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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What is "ぷれせんとふぉーゆーさん" exactly referring to?

I was looking at the lyrics of a song and there's a part of it that says the following: いびつな形でもつたわるかい? 昔からかわらない愛 きっとかわりはしない ぷれせんとふぉーゆーさんたから そんなの信じてたんだなー 「まま」はいなくて 「ぱぱ」だけぱぱすき なんてゆあないだけ I know ...
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Why use kana rather than kanji (and vice versa)

I hope this question actually has an answer and is topical to this site. I was wondering if anyone could explain why (in general) an author might choose to use kana/kanji in circumstances where kanji/...
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Is it ok if I leave kanji I don't know out?

So I want to write "I love you" but I see "aishitemasu" uses kanji characters for "ai" 愛 and I'm trying to stay away from kanji at the moment. Can I use あい instead?
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How do I write the equivalent ofトー (tō) in hiragana?

I am trying to write a character's name, given to me in katakana, in hiragana. The character's name ends in "トー" (tō). I'm brand new to Japanese and learned that ー is the "chōonpu,"...
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Why does the title of Yurikuma Arashi use katakana for yuri instead of kanji?

So from what I understand, the yuri genre is always written in kanji, like this, 百合. However, I noticed that the title of the anime has yuri written in katakana, ユリ. So if the anime is a yuri series, ...
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Meaning of 目 in 思っている目 and usage of honorifics to refer to oneself

From this blog:https://web.archive.org/web/20150427230456/samuraimoon.blog67.fc2.com/blog-entry-226.html (うわ、こいつストーカー? センター試験から目を付けられてたわけ!? 月くん貞操のぴんちっ!)とか思っている目ですが、おくびにも出さずに会話を続けます。 Context: It's ...
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