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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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The origin of the kanji 買

The kanji 買 (buy) contains the kanji 貝 (shellfish). Is it because the origin of the kanji 買 lies in the process of buying shellfish? Does anyone know the story behind the kanji 買? Thank you!
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The origin of the kanji 読

The kanji 読 appears to consist of 言 and 売. How come 言 (say) + 売 (sell) = 読 (read)? Could you please shed some light on the origin of the kanji? Thank you!
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Help identifying blurry kanji [closed]

I am currently trying to learning Japanese by reading manga. So far so good, but this kanji is too blurry for me to figure out. Anyone know what this could be? I'm 98% sure the first character means '...
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What is this Kanji? I can’t find it anywhere?

I’ve been searching radicals on Jisho and other places but I can’t find a kanji to match this one.
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Trying to create a name but something is strange

I'm trying to create a name for my fictional character and I was trying to translate something like "wolf of the snow" in Japanese. I was using Jisho.org and Google translate (just because it reads ...
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夕立: why 立 if the word means “a sudden evening shower/rain”?

夕立 means (sudden) evening shower (rain)​. 夕 is for evening, but 立 means to stand, doesn't it? What's the connection between a sudden evening shower and standing?
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Why was on'yomi (音読み) created?

As far as I understand it the Japanese Kanjis are derived from the Chinese ones. This was to introduce a writing system in Japan. But for the on‘yomi reading, the Japanese also took the spoken word ...
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In kanji 外, why is タ used instead of ソ? [closed]

Why is タ used instead of ソ in 外 despite it's read as ソト?
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風邪: reading and writing

Why do we write かぜ (cold) as 風邪, not just 風? The second kanji (邪) is left unread, so why isn't it redundant? Perhaps, that's to make sure cold doesn't sound like wind. But then why don't we read it ...
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Is my transcription of the handwritten kanji correct? [closed]

I just want to make sure my transcription is correct of the sentence pictured. (it probably isn't, but this is really the closest I could come up with.) 読みとみバーグアフ。微妙... Is that correct? For the ...
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Can someone help me identify the handwritten kanji? [closed]

Hi everyone, can someone please help me identify the kanji in the picture? Just the middle two kanji. 玲音がXXしているもの。 Is the kanji 使用? Also what is the middle katakana/character between ミ and レ?
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What does 私はお願いしたいんですけど mean in this context?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4WlniHylrU&t=143s This is a part of a legendary speech made by the former president of Nintendo at SpaceWorld. From my understanding, he is talking about the ...
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What is the difference between 北 and 北部 [duplicate]

What is the main difference between 北 and 北部? I heard that's words that contain 2 kanji sounds more polite, but not sure that it's the current situation.
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Different stroke order in two similar kanji 戚 and 歴

According to some databases, (see 戚 vs 歴), the order of strokes of the upper part (厂) of the kanji 戚 is different from the same part in 歴. They may have been some historical reasons, but as they look ...
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Adopting a Japanese Name

すみません, I am trying to adopt a Japanese name. I have a Chinese name written as 吳虎威。 In modern standard Japanese orthography, it would be written as 呉 虎威. I understand that typically, Chinese names are ...
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Kanji identification (low res)

I am trying to read the text from a Nintendo DS game, but have encountered a kanji that's (at least for me) difficult to recognise because of the very low resolution of the screen: I have tried to ...
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How do I remember a Kanji with more than two readings and when to use them [duplicate]

I'm currently studying Kanji using a flashcard app on my computer. I do know that there are two readings for each character, On and Kun. What I don't understand, is when a Kanji has more than two ...
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Does the on'yomi of 輪 (リン) have any relation to the English “ring”, or is it a coincidence?

Is there an etymological connection between 輪{リン} as in 車輪{しゃりん} and "ring" in English? Or is this a false cognate?
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What is the difference between 描【か】く and 描【えが】く?

I believe the two forms of to draw are 描{か}く and 描{えが}き. What are the differences between them? Which one is used more commonly?
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What is mostly used on signs in Tokyo: Katakana, Hiragana or Kanji?

I am going to travel to japan the next spring and I just want to be able to read most of the signs (and of course speak some Japanese). Any answers on what is the most common to use on signs: Katakana,...
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Help with kanji [closed]

What is the kanji on this teabox? I tried various websites that let you look up kanji, but I could not find an exact match. Any help appreciated.
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Sharp vs rounded (tomed) vertical stroke in kanjis

How can I know for sure in what situation I should use sharp vertical line and in what situation I should use rounded vertical line? For example, from videos on youtube I do know for sure that ...
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The writing of “襖”

It seems that 襖 has two forms of writing. Here are the two screenshots from Jisho.com: The first kanji has an extra stroke (ノ). My questions are the following: Why does it have two forms? Are they ...
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What is the difference between the terms 課長 and 小頭?

I saw the term 小頭 and translated it from an online chat. Are the terms used differently? Both terms relate to a boss, an organizational leader of some sort. I am more familiar with the usage of 課長. ...
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Say I want to speak with someone

How do you express that you want to speak with someone using Kanji? So far I imagine I would us something like マリオ話{はなせ}欲{ほ}しいます。Combining the name of the person "マリオ", expressing a want "欲{ほ}しい", and ...
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What is the counter for kanji characters?

I want to count the number of kanji characters in a word. What is the counter for characters? I am thinking that the term mai would be used as they are written on paper.
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what does と and other kanjis stand for in this sentence?

I was reading an article and learning new kanji. However, I am having hard time determining some grammatical structures and kanji from this sentence: 有坂銃{ありさかじゅう}とは、大日本帝國のボルトアクション方式の軍制式小銃の系列であり、...
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Expressing action of taking off

Like saying I'm going to take off my hat as in 帽子{ぼうし}を抜{ぬ}きます. I believe 抜{ぬ} "nu" means to get ride of or dispose of, but I guess I'm certain context it could mean to take off or remove. I'm ...
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Why is 今年 written in hiragana in this NHK news article? [duplicate]

Article in question (Note that it's not NHK easy news, but the regular nhk news) ことしのノーベル賞の受賞者の発表が7日から始まり、日本人としては去年、医学・生理学賞を受賞した京都大学特別教授の本庶佑さんに続き、アメリカ国籍を取得した人を含め27人目の受賞者がでるか注目されます。 I thought at ...
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Kanjied 出した vs kananed だした in -dasu/dashta pattern

雪が降り出した。 It started to snow (unexpectedly). In Maggie's article on this pattern "How to use V + 始める ( = hajimeru) / だす ( = dasu) / かける ( = kakeru)" she uses hiragana for this verb. In jisho.org ...
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What are the names for the sets of kanji taught in secondary schools?

I know that some kanji are educational and others are general use, with kyouiku (1006 characters) learned in grades 1-6 included in jouyou (2136 characters). What is the other set of kanji (1136 ...
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How do I count pieces of Halloween candy of different shapes?

I know that a bag of candy is counted as fukuro. Are the pieces counted differently based on the shape, long, thick, square, round, triangular, or is everything ko?
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Does the kanji term Mitsukoshi 三越 have a meaning when the 2 terms are combined?

三越 is the name of a department store. Three is the meaning of the first character and I get the meanings of surpass, cross over, move to, exceed, and Vietnam when I research the term. Is there a ...
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Can I use both 気温 and 温度 when asking for the weather temperature?

Can I use 気温 and 温度 when asking for the weather temperature? Both terms indicate temperature. Which one is more commonly used?
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What term would be used for words that are borrowed from Japanese and used in other languages?

Many Japanese words are used in other languages, sushi, anime, karaoke, tsunami.... Is there a term to identify these words? I am familiar with terms such as 外来語 to indicate loanwords borrowed from ...
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What is the meaning of these Kanji? [closed]

I bought this shirt from Monogatari Series but I want to know the meaning of the kanjis
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What is the difference between 編修 and 編集?

According to the translator, 編修 and 編集 are pronounced as "Henshū" and given the same meaning of "Edit". Also, both can be used as a noun. So are there any specific situations to use these words? ...
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Need help with the famous 11 second intercom audio from Mega Man Legends 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dJxBnRth-A&t=1m40s Need 日本語字幕 subtitles for this short 11 second announcement heard in the background. I've listened to this for over a decade, and could never ...
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aru Kanji confusion

In the sentence: 今日は宿題があります。 would I use 在る or 有る? (I know that today it's almost always written in Kana) Thanks in advance :)!
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What is the difference between 売女 vs 街娼?

After reading, What's the difference between 変態 and 痴女 (or 痴漢)?, I did a few word searches. Jisho lists multiple words when searching for the term Whore: 売女 - prostitute; whore​ 街娼 - prostitute; ...
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Express fast speed or someone arriving early [duplicate]

I've seen two writings of this on Duolingo and Jisho. Either as 速い or 早い. I believe both are read as はやい, but which of the two is more relevant in expressing how fast something is or how early someone ...
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Can 参加 be used to invite someone to a chat?

Context: I invited a person to participate in a chat. チャットに参加してください was my original sentence. Is my sentence and word choice correct? I was considering the word 関与.
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Does 病 refer to a short or long term illness?

Does 病 refer to a short or long term illness? I was in a chat and the word was used in response to someone chatting about a head cold. I asked the person if they were hospitalized, and they were not. ...
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Is there a difference between a カーニバル and an お祭り?

Is there a difference between a カーニバル and an お祭り? I researched the terms on Jisho. Does it have to do with the duration or type of the activities? Thank you.
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Why is the term for can as in ''aluminum can" written in kanji?

I noticed that the term "can" is written with a kanji term but pronounced as in English. Why use a kanji? The word coffee has a kanji, but is commonly written in katakana. It might be ateji, but I ...
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How to create adjectives in Japanese?

Look at the following words: 意 Idea 圧 Pressure おとこ Man 女性 Woman 子 Child ヘア Hair 想い Thought Some of the above words are single kanjis, some kana, and some combination of kanji-kana. Is there a ...
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Is there kanji(s) to mean “from court” or “court-related”?

I found a kanji for emperial court/governmental court as follows: 廷: courts, imperial court, government office jisho.org I am looking for an adjective for this word made with this kanji or another ...
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Are groups of kanji classified as on or kun'yomi overall or individually?

Individual kanji have on and kun readings. Which character in a multiple kanji word determines if the word has an on or kun reading? 月曜日 is a better example, on on kun. Would Nichiyoubi be considered ...
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Do the Japanese speak with On and Kun in daily conversation?

I am trying to wrap my head around how the Japanese speak and how that differs from kanji. On and Kun makes a difference when reading kanji, depending usually how the sentence is made up of kanas and ...
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Whats the difference between yama and san in the title of a mountain?

Whats the difference between yama and san in the title of a mountain? 富山 and 富士山 Toyama and Fujisan for example? Is one simply a mountain and the other a volcano?