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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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Is it possible to write Japanese in pure Kanji?

Is it possible to write Japanese in pure Kanji? I think I have seen in one TV news show in Osaka that they are showing snippets of newspaper written in all Kanji.
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Can anyone tell what it is written in the image? [closed]

All i understand there is the hiragana ;_;
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Is there a meaning to the 6 stroke component that 恵, 専, and 敷 share?

The three kanji 恵, 専, and 敷 share the same first 6 strokes. Using the traditional radicals I could describe them as being composed "一, 日, 丨..." at the start and then finishing "...心", "...寸", "...⼂, 方,...
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Meaning of 然 in conjunctions and other grammatical words

Here are a few grammatical words that use 然 according to jisho.org: 然し(しかし) however; but 然して(そして) and; and then; thus; and now; and finally 然うして(そうして) and; like ...
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Literal meaning of 去場 (Saruba) [closed]

There is a place in Hokkaidō called Saruba 去場 (さるば) What can be the literal meaning of this place name??
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In 上旬・中旬・下旬, why is 上 the start and 下 the end of the month?

I understand that 上旬 means the first 10 days of the month, and that 下旬 means the last (approximately) 10 days of the month. However, I would like to understand the underlying logic for the choice of 上 ...
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What common words are written one way - but almost always pronounced a different way? (eg. 言う is generally spoken as 「ゆう」)

I am aware that [行く]{いく} is sometimes read 「ゆく」 but I do not think it is mostly read as 「ゆく」except in combinations. 例えば、行く手・行く先・行く春. Whereas I almost never hear 言う as いう. These are the only two ...
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what is the correct reading for this kanji [closed]

I can't find this kanji in the dictionary jsho. I tried all given readings in the dictionary. What does it mean ? Question nr 9 Thanks a lot Updated: without I at the end could not find
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intuitively, why do かねる and かねない roughly mean “cannot” and “can”?

I understand the grammatical usage of these words, but I don't understand why they (roughly) mean "cannot" and "can". For example, if we write them with kanji, we get 兼ねる and 兼ねない. According to jisho....
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What does this mean? '誰もがここで生まれたので、学校は大変でした.'

I have been trying to translate 'school was hard because everyone was born here (australia)' and am not sure if this is the right grammar or not.
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Why does this kanji use “sora” as its reading?

There's a song called 碧羅の天へ誘えど and it's read as "Hekira no Sora e Izanaedo". Is "Sora" another reading for 天? I don't see it listed on Jisho.org, and 天 seems to almost always use "Ten" as its reading.
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The reading of お母さん

beginner in Japanese here. I was curious about why you read the Kanji in お母さん (Okāsan) differently from just 母 (Haha). I know that there's Kun and On reading but I can't find this Kanji read as "kā" ...
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Adding 駄 on the beginning of the word

I've met a word 駄女 だおんな though not sure if wrote it well in kanji. Can I use this 駄 with other words? For example, like 駄先輩 or 駄宏 (with the name of a man)? Are there words that suit this scheme most ...
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What is the character etymology of 風?

The Etymological Dictionary of Han Chinese Characters (which is the pdf/book format of the database for an old website called "Kanji Networks") states: 風 (9) フウ;フ;かざ;かぜ A variant form of 鳳 (large ...
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Foreign names in Kanji. On'yomi, Kun'yomi or a mix of readings?

It is known that Japanese names often have multiple readings depending on what reading (on'yomi, kun'yomi, nanori ...) is applied to each kanji. But my question is about foreign names written in ...
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Is there a defined cause for the recent rise in the popularity of gairaigo?

I was looking on the web for Japanese graphic design and found some pre-WWII material. Then I saw some more recent advertisement material. Comparing the two eras, I notice a difference that was beyond ...
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When are foreign language based words written with kanjis?

I was reading the wikia of an anime and I found this, Red Riot Unbreakable 烈怒頼雄斗安無嶺過武瑠 (レッドライオットアンブレイカブル) (Reddo Raiotto Anbureikaburu) The name of a ...
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会いたかった : What does it mean?

I've an instagram friend who is far older than me. One day, he figured out that I lived near his house, then he commented this in my instagram post: あなたに会いたかった。 What does that mean? Did he want me ...
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Meaning of the phrase 表す通り

The context for this phrase is in a list of kanji spellings (kanji with hiragana), thus the definitions are not provided. Breaking the phrase into its components: 表す - to reveal, show, display 通り - ...
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二十歳を[頭]{かしら}に translation

This kanji 頭 what does it mean in this sentence? うちには二十歳を頭に、3人の男の子がいる。 I looked up the meaning of かしら and still don't understand the meaning of the whole sentence. Please help translate. Thanks
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Can anyone help identify this character 僮?

I found this character on a website and the only associated meaning was "child, servant." Can anyone elaborate on when it may be used and why?
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When a kanji term is listed as outdated, is it for specific words or all of the words that use it?

I read jisho a lot and I run into words with outdated kanji. Does this mean that the kanji term is outdated for a particular word or all words that use it?
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Which onyomi would be used for a Chinese name? [duplicate]

Let us pick a Chinese name with differently read kanji: 李清雲 The possible onyomi are: リ・ショウドン for Go’on リ・セイタン for Kan’on リ・シン(or チン)タン for Tousou’on Now we open the Japanese Wikipedia to learn ...
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Does a kanji with only a kun'yomi reading indicate a Japanese origin? [closed]

Does a kanji with only a kun reading mean that it originated in Japan? There are kanji that only contain an on reading, so I am assuming that kanji that have only a kun reading would indicate that the ...
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Would a japanese person recognize this icon (fa-language) to represent translation or language change? [closed]

https://fontawesome.com/v4.7.0/icon/language https://fontawesome.com/icons/language?style=solid (Somewhat unrelated but what are those kanjis? I guess the lower one is 文? Is the upper one just a ...
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How many of Japanese text can be written using only kanji?

With many frequent words normally written in kana having their rare kanji (looking at ‘ya, 一寸待{ちょっとま}って!), one starts to wonder of an exercise: is it even possible to rewrite any complete text using ...
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Is the ー (ちょうおん) character used with Hiragana and Kanji?

It appears that the character is limited to Katakana. Is the character used in writing Hiragana and Kanji?
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Why 早 in “good morning” is read as HA-YO but no such reading of that kanji is in a dictionary? [duplicate]

I see お早うございます in a dictionary also being written as おはようございます but why is 早 even there if it's read as HA-YA, not HA-YO? How do they know how to morph readings of kanji in a phrase into something else ...
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is 𢌬 a variant of 廾, or is it another radical with another meaning?

廾 is part of kanjis like 弁 . 𢌬 is part of kanjis like 発. In Wikipedia 廾 is listed to mean "2 hands" or "twenty". is 𢌬 the same? or does it have another meaning?
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Is there a difference between 事務室 and 事務所?

I want to say that I work in an office. I researched both terms. Shitsu is a room, but I assumed that sho is used more for location. Which term is more appropriate to use?
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What does 口 add to words like 出口?

As I am going over the uses of N5 kanji, I have gotten confused as to why 口(ぐち)is used in places such as 出口 and 入口. What meaning does it add?
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Is kanji (especially hyogai kanji) more prevalent than usual on Twitter, or is it the opposite?

Since it is very easy to input kanji on computers or mobile devices, I've always wondered if tweets have more kanji (particularly non-jouyo kanji) than typical Japanese text, especially since kanji ...
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Does the etymology of 星 suggest the japanese/chinese knew the sun was a star?

星 contains the radical 日 meaning sun/day. This makes sense from a modern understanding, as it is well known that the sun was a star. However, it appears this has only been known since the 19th century,...
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Is there a kanji for “-san”?

All other titles, used when addressing someone, have a kanji character. Is there a kanji for -san?
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What modern Chinese languages are closest to the Kanji go-on, kan-on and tousou-on?

I'm currently developing my proficiency in both Mandarin Chinese and Japanese as part of my program of study. In Chinese, because so many characters have semantic-phonetic decomposition, predicting ...
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What's the meaning of 終末 in 終末の微笑

What's the meaning of 終末 in 終末の微笑? I know 微笑 means smile, but would 終末の translate to "The final", "The last" etc. Would you be able to say 最後 in 最後の微笑 and it would have the same meaning? Thank you
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reading 明日 – ashita why kanji for 日 – nichi dont have shita reading in any dictinary online? [duplicate]

in word 明日 – ashita character 明 –has kunyomi reading (a) in every dictionary but 日 – dont have any shita reading or atleast i haven't found it in jisho or other online dictionary. same goes for other ...
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What does this character mean? [closed]

I found this necklace and has this as one of the charms. Does anyone know what it translates to?
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右 and 石 stroke order differences [duplicate]

Why does 「右」 start with vertical stroke and 「石」 starts with horizontal one? What kanji-writing rule prescribes it?
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Use hiragana for name that I only know in romaji [duplicate]

Suppose I have seen the name of a Japanese person only in romaji because all communications has been in English so far. When I want to address this person in Japanese, is it okay to write their name ...
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numbers in Kanji

I'm trying to develop an API to normalize Japanese numbers into arabic numbers. Since I'm not familiar with Japanese numbers, there are three questions for which I did not find an answer: How do we ...
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What is this kanji? Refer to picture [closed]

Refer to picture. I am unable to recognise this kanji. A link to jisho would be helpful. Thanks.
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Why 一番星 read as Ichibanboshi instead of Ichibanhoshi?

Why do they read as Ichibanboshi? Isn't the Kunyomi of 星 is hoshi? Moreover, why do 星 is read with Kunyomi? Isn't supposed to be read with it's Onyomi considering that 一番星 is a bunch of kanji without ...
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does 戋 have any meaning of its own?

I see 戋 as part of several kanjis like in this table segments . I looked for its meaning in tables and dictionaries and I couldnt find anything. Does 戋 have a meaning of its own?
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What does this kanji mean?

What does this kanji mean? Is there more than one meaning, more than one interpretation?
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Does this symbol 术 has any meaning of its own?

This symbol 术 is part of several kanjis. Does it have a meaning of its own? I looked for it in kanji lists and a japanese dictionary and it doesnt list any meaning
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Use of kanji when writing 言う

I've been reading more novels in Japanese recently (かもめ食堂: recommended!), and have noticed that it's unusual for 言う to be written in kanji. Not just in set phrases like という and とはいえ but in ...
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Rendaku for jukugo combinations

From my studies of Japanese, I know that it is common for certain jukugo expressions to be juxtaposed without an intervening particle (usually a noun+noun combination without a の). What I wanted to ...
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What is the use case difference between 去る and 残す?

In the process of learning certain kanji, I found that 去る and 残す both translate to the English word "leave." I know that 出る is used for the common "leave a place"/"exit" usage, like, 「五分前家を出ていました」. I ...
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is this symbol 𤋱 a kanji?

I see 𤋱 as part of more than one kanji. I looked for its meaning in tables and dictionaries and I couldnt find anything. Does this symbol 𤋱 have a meaning of its own?