Questions tagged [kanbun]

漢文. The form of Classical Chinese as used in Japan from the Heian period (平安時代) to the mid-20th century.

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Are these 返り点 correct for this Sino-Japanese/Kanbun/漢文 order?

I was writing pseudo-漢文 as a fun exercise between a friend and me, and I found my sentence (What it is isn't particularly important. It was most certainly various degrees of ungrammatical) required ...
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What are these kanji? (Image)

For context: I received this 手拭 (I think that's what it's called) a few years ago when I took a high school trip to Japan. I didn't think to ask what it meant at the time but now I am more interested ...
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我艦隊於黄海清艦撃沈之圖 how do you say this in Japanese?

I am working on an essay for school and I was looking at a wood-block print called, " 我艦隊於黄海清艦撃沈之圖 " by Kobayashi Kiyochika. According to websites, in romaji this is, "Waga kantai Kôkai ...
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漢文・古文-type expressions that survive in modern Japanese

I was translating an academic paper that quoted some articles that were written before WW2, and I came across the expressions [noun]+たらしむべく and きたらしめる (from 来る) for the first time. Thanks to these ...
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Do the Japanese read Classical Chinese poems in Japanese or in on-readings?

The pros and cons of both approaches are obvious. 1) If you read by conversion into Japanese through kanbun, you get the sense. Meanwhile, you lose the rhythm, and sometimes it is not obvious what ...
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How difficult is the 万葉集 to read?

From my understanding, the 万葉集 is written in 万葉仮名 which uses a limited set of characters solely for their 音読み reading rather than for their semantic meaning. In light of this, I am curious how ...
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What does it mean when multiple 々 marks follow a 、?

I was glancing at some old manuscripts from the Heian period (左経記 pg. 10) when I saw the following: I know that typically 々 means to repeat the previous kanji, but what does it mean when its ...
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