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漢字. Chinese characters as used in Japanese writing as opposed to the two kana syllabaries and rōmaji (Latin letters).

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Hyōgai kanji usage

Is it 'compulsory' that I can't use 蛸 in the word たこ焼き for 'octopus' and what would happen if I used it in a sign in Japan? Would police direct me to remove it? For 外人, nothing specific is told about ...
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Stroke Order of This Kanji: 用

When I write this kanji radical, how do I know when I should write the horizontal lines inside the outer part first or write them after? This radical is in many kanji, and I am trying to find a ...
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I'd like to know what these words mean, if they're words at all [closed]

These are the words, I'd like to know what they mean, please :) 1 熙雪 2 凍死 3 霜泥棒 4 狐変装の雪
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Why is 面 read as じ on 真面目?

This is the only word I've found where 面 has this reading. Is there any reason for this unique reading?
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Difference between 賂 and 賄? [duplicate]

I'm trying to learn some kanji, and stumbled upon these 2 that seem to carry the same meaning — bribe. I'm not sure if synonymous kanji are a regular occurrence, but since this is the first example I ...
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What is the meaning and reading of this kanji? [closed]

I’m reading とんがり帽子のアトリエ and I encountered a kanji which defies all my attempts to look up, whether by radicals or drawing. I’ve attached a picture, the kanji in question is at the top of the third ...
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内匠 (たくみ) 金木 (かねき) - how common are these family names? [closed]

For example, https://myoji-yurai.net says 1500 people with Family Name Takumi(https://myoji-yurai.net/searchResult.htm?myojiKanji=内匠) 4600 people with Family name Kaneki (https://myoji-yurai.net/...
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Should I learn kanji [closed]

Is kanji important in the Japanese language?
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What does this 件 mean at the end of this sentence?

I saw this on a youtube comment: アメリカが正義を騙る度に邪悪さが鮮明に浮かび上がる件。 I think it means something to the effect of: Every time America pretends to be about justice, its evil clearly emerges. But I translated ...
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What Is Your First Impression / Perception Of These Family Names For An Anti-Hero Protagonist? [closed]

Writing a book and I want to know how the average Japanese person perceives these names, they are all supposedly family names. The character is a good guy in the story but does some bad things, like ...
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会社 Gaisha or Kaisha? [duplicate]

According to wikipedia, 株式会社 seems to be pronounced "kabushiki gaisha" but the abbreviation is K.K. and "kabushiki kaisha" is supposedly accepted as well. What's the difference?
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combination of 广 and マ [duplicate]

In an anime called ゴクドーくん漫遊記, there is a character called 一休(いっきゅう) who is kind of a devilish imp. He, along with another impish character, bears on his forehead a mark I cannot decipher. It appears ...
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What are the "Ueda" codes found in CIA documents from the 1940s?

CIA documents from the 1940s, such as this declassified biography of Kim Il Sung, annotate the Chinese characters used in Korean names with numeric "Ueda" codes, like this: Kim Sung-ju is ...
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An old-style 朝?

Why does 朝 on the flag of the Asahi Shinbun Company not look like 朝? https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_the_Asahi_Shinbun_Company.svg I looked in various places for older forms of this ...
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What is the difference between a radical and a part?

I'm interested in the precise definition of the term "radical". The dictionaries I'm referencing do not always list all components of the character that could be a radical. For example, 訓 ...
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How to understand the meaning of this sentence with 2 "yorokobi" (“悦び” /“喜び”) and もうかがえる (mou kagaeru ??) <O>

When reading ,I'm confused by this sentence ,using 2 "yorokobi" (“悦び” /“喜び”) and もうかがえる ? (The writer's using only katakana here, so I'm not sure if I understood the meaning correctly ). ...
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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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Stroke Order in Writing

Tae Kim says Proper stroke order helps ensure the characters look recognizable even when you write them quickly or use more cursive styles. -- https://guidetojapanese.org/learn/complete/kanji#...
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How should I read 購売部?

I've seen it in an anime. There was 購買部 in the first season and then it has been changed into 購売部 in the second season. I suppose they have the same meaning and pronunciation, but 購売部 doesn't even ...
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What does 坊 mean in 隠れん坊?

隠れん坊 means ''hide and seek''. 隠 means ''to hide/conceal'' so that part makes sense. But 坊 means ''boy/priest/priest's residence'' which doesn't make sense here. Can anyone shed some light on the Kanji ...
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Special Kana in Man'yōgana?

Probably a dumb question, but I'm wondering how certain sounds would be represented in Man'yōgana. Places like Wikipedia have charts that show the normal Kana and their kanji equivalents, but they don'...
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Why does 八 have an extra thing on top?

The similarity between "to enter (入)" and "number 8 (八)" confuses me. What's the extra part on top of 八?
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How are different spellings sorted in the Daijisen dictionary?

To to my knowledge, The Daijisen is one of the most authoritative dictionaries of Japanese, at least for contemporary usage. When they provide several writings for the same entry, are there any rules ...
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What form does 満を持して贈る take on here in this context?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxasEvdWGxo&t=0m30s This is a sentence in a promotional video for an upcoming game. Narrator: このゲームはクエストが満を持して贈るシミュレーションRPG! Google translate gives: This game is a ...
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Is the reading 缶【かん】の縁【えん】correct?

Is the reading 缶【かん】の縁【えん】 correct? 缶【かん】の縁【えん】でけがをしないように気【き】を付【つ】けてください Be careful not to injure yourself on the rim of the can. https://www.bosai-nippon.com/article/4242?paged=2 I also found 縁【ふち】 ...
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Difference between kanji にち and び [duplicate]

Google translate used same kanji for にち and び 日曜日. First syllable represents にち whereas last syllable represent び. But I can differentiate them both of them are looking same. They are pronounced ...
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噓憑き: what is it and how is it different from 嘘つき?

While looking at song lyrics I found the word 噓{うそ}憑{つ}き . What kind of kanji usage is this, and how does it differ from 噓{うそ}つき? Since 憑 means "haunt, possess" and the song is about ghosts ...
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Does these Kanjis with "supposedly" English alphabets inside exist?

A random Youtube video popped out in my feed that showed a man writing these Kanjis: These Kanjis "supposedly" has English alphabets inside. Are these Kanjis real or these are just made up ...
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Kanji for かまいあい?

「最近【さいきん】の都会【とかい】にはお互【たが】いに面倒【めんどう】をみる『かまいあい』がなくなっちまったよな~」 The "Kamai-ai" spirit of taking care of each other has disappeared in the cities these days. https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/column/...
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Do you have to use the kanji 何 for nani (なに 'what' ) ? And kanji vs hiragana in general

What I remember is that the only point of Kanji is to distinguish words that have the same hiragana (homophones?) Did I misremember? If so, then what's the point of using Kanji when I could use ...
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I've seen 雄臭い used in some articles and posts but couldn't find the hiragana pronunciation, does anyone what it is?

Based on the kanji and what I gathered I'm assuming it means "smells manly" or "reeks of a man". The thing is I couldn't find any hiragana reading on the kanji and wanted to know ...
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Why does Japan still use ペキン for Beijing?

Why not ベジン or even 北京{きたきょう}?
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Is there any reason why this song is written entirely in kanji?

I was looking up the lyrics for the song 反面教師為貴方覇本日怒上昇中乃巻 by 久保あおい (youtube link), and I noticed that the lyrics are entirely in kanji. I thought that was interesting since its a song, not writing, so ...
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達 返 遠 速 What are these kanji characters sitting on?

達 返 遠 速 All these kanji seem to be set on a shoe, or a boat, or something. What is it called? Does it mean something?
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Origin of 玉(たま) as a circular object

In Chinese, 玉 means jade or something beautiful/valuable. But in Japanese, it can mean a variety of other things such as a circular object, female entertainer, testicles etc. I'm curious as to when 玉{...
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When does a kanji stroke go up?

I was looking at the stroke order for 球, and I noticed that in the 求 component there's a diagonal stroke that is written upwards, which is rather unusual to me (fourth stroke): I would have drawn all ...
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How to understand combined characters (kanji) more easily?

A lot of Japanese restaurants, mangas and just paragraphs of texts in general (or not in general, used basically anywhere) use combined characters to make things appear shorter. And I can’t understand ...
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Is there a kanji for panther?

I’ve been looking for it and haven’t found a clear answer, for example “豹” appears as panther in some pages but in others that translates to leopard, I’ve also seen “豹属” as panther
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What does this double entendre じゃなかったらいいのかよ mean?

「テレビ番組を勝手にアップロードするのは違法だからな」 「10年以下の懲役か1000万円以下の罰金か、その両方だ」 Teacher talking to 3 students: It's illegal to upload TV programs without permission. You can get up to 10 years of hard labor... ...10 ...
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Anyone has any idea why 狼狽 means "confusion/panic/consternation" when both kanjis are ways of saying "wolf"?

Basically, I'm asking if anyone knows of a possible etymological reason. Maybe it has to do with the ideogram itself, maybe it's a saying, but I'm not finding satisfying answers online. Apparently, in ...
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What's the difference between 冰 and 氷?

What's the difference between 氷 and 冰?
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「黄米来夏」 Can this be considered a name?

I am attempting to make a name for a character and decided on these 4 kanji. My question is, can this be considered a name in Japanese, if so, how would it be pronounced?
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Is "先" an auto-antonym?

An auto-antonym is a word with multiple meanings (senses) of which one is the reverse of another. So apparently the kanji meaning of this word is "previous" or "past". This seems ...
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Is び the reading for a productive suffix 〜日?

In cases where 日 is productively attached as a suffix to an already complete word, what is the canonical reading of this character? I mean cases, when a connecting article の is dropped and 日 becomes a ...
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Please explain how this "joke" works, ダーウンロードってかぁ

I have no idea how this joke is even supposed to be a joke. In this video, 3 kids are laughing at the idea of uploading: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2qxzVteHto&t=0m12s 「だいたいアップロードってなんだよ?...
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How Japanese speakers deal with Kanji reading/understanding

I am quite new to learning Japanese. Ideas are welcome. How do Japanese speakers pronounce Chinese characters? Do they need to remember all the pronunciations of a single Chinese character? And then ...
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Understanding the reading of 日曜日 [duplicate]

I am new to Japanese and I've seen several questions similar to this one, but not exactly that one. If this has been asked before, I am very sorry. In our class, we introduced weekdays and the Kanji ...
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Rei 令 handwritten variant

The kanji 令 Rei, as in 令和, can apparently be written in a pleasantly different way. One is more of a computer font, the other is more handwritten. The stroke order is the same, but it's quite a ...
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Does long vowel in Japanse apply for more than 2 vowels? [duplicate]

I stumbled on the word 経営 and wonder if it should be pronounced /keee/ or /ke ee/ (two separate words with two long vowels.
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How do I read this kanji from an old book?

It is from a book titled ガンビアの春, or Spring in Gambier, that I am translating for my senior capstone project. I can read 活, but I couldn't tell you what the second character is. This author tends to ...
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