Questions tagged [kanji]

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

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What does it say? [closed]

Mother in law bought this, with an inscription on the bottom. I need some help with the transcription. Thank you.
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What is the correct tense for を生み?

一つの時代の積み重ねが新たな伝説を生み、ここにまた一人のヒーローが誕生した。ロックマン (source) Here are two translations I have: The culmination of one era gives birth to a new legend, and here again another hero is born. The efforts of an ...
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Writing できました as 出来ました

I came across a tweet of an illustration with the caption "出来ました" https://twitter.com/sakura77722/status/1461636114930798594 When writing the verb できる as 出来る does it still mean things like &...
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What is the meaning of 厚 (thick) in 厚生労働省 (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare​)?

The basic meaning of「厚」is thick, large, deep, strong. I also found the meaning kind, cordial. However I wonder why it is at the beginning of the compound「厚生労働省」.
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Confusion over それで+なら meaning

In this video, the characters are saying the lines they had in the game, only reworded, but they basically mean the same thing. やってみせる、それで自分が取り戻せるなら。 In the video game, there is a line of text: ...
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"current husband"?

How does one read 今夫, as in the sentence here: 私【わたくし】の知【し】り合【あ】いの女性【じょせい】は、[5]{ご}階【かい】に元夫【もとおっと】、[10]{じゅっ}階【かい】に今夫【いまおっと】さんがいるそうで、[4]{よん}階【かい】で本人【ほんにん】がモリモリ働【はたら】いています (source) I know a woman who ...
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Looking for website / tool / help in showing what typed Kanji on a keyboard should look like if hand written [duplicate]

Just as the title suggests, tons of Hiragana Katakana & Kanji look different when you type them on a phone compared to how one would learn to write them on pen and paper. Is there a tool I can ...
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Which is more commonly used in writing? 者 or もん

Which is more commonly used in writing? 者 or もん. For example: 笑った者勝ち 笑ったもん勝ち
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The reading of 町 for different towns

The following is an excerpt from an article on NHK News Web Easy. Why is one town called Takamori-machi but the other one - Yamato-chou? The kanji for “town” is the same but the reading is different ...
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Can I use this name since it is the same?

My name is Annaka. There is a city in Japan called 安中 (Annaka) spelled and sounds the exact same way. Can I use “安中” to refer to myself? If not, what variation could I use?
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Why is the kanji for haru (陽) pronounced as "yo"?

So I was looking up the word Haru and I saw there are many different ways it can be written in kanji (陽, 春, 晴). When I then looked up the first one to see how it is pronounced, multiple websites (one ...
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Why do people usually write words using kanji instead of hiragana? [duplicate]

I've been studying Japanese and I realized some kanji are pronounced exactly like hiragana like 日 is the read the same as ひ. For example, the verb "write" is written like 書くinstead of かく, ...
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I Want To Give My Children Japanese Names, As I Will Naturalize Myself Soon, Can I Use Jinmeiyō Kanji To Create ANY Name?

For example, we like the names Ren (蓮/廉) & Touka (藤香). Could we create the name, Rentouka, combining the two?
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Why are pickled plums 梅干 and not 梅漬, etc?

What caused pickled plums to be referenced with kanji indicating dryness? Could it be that the word itself holds some form of seniority over the kanji? My quick Wikipedia skimming does not seem to ...
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Computer fonts - Small Hane Inkblot Thing

I noticed that some fonts have a small, stylized inkblot on the end of certain strokes in kanji. When I first realized this, I honestly thought that I, myself, was having a stroke! Regardless, I have ...
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Why is this やって来た read やってくた? [closed]

Seen in the manga きみとピコピコ (第17話) 夏合宿と称して 旅館{りょかん}にやって来{く}た Why does やって来た have reading やってくた? Is this a typo or the reading くた actually exists?
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勝負 being used with あげる、もらう、くれる

Is it possible to use 勝負 with あげる、もらう、くれる? ex. "I'll give you this match." (Give the win) Also, can 勝負 be used in place of a physical videogame?
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What is the difference between 影 and 陰

Some people said that 影 is shadow while 陰 means shade and refers to a shadow or shade that sun or light can't reach. I'm a bit confused.
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Why are okurigana listed in くん pronunciation?

I'm self-learning Japanese from a book and I recently started learning some kanji. For each one, the book gives both reading and some words you can make using those kanji. Some of these have okurigana ...
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In the context of 「では、また」 , is it wrong to write 「また」 as 「又」?

If I understand correctly, 「では、また」 is basically short for 「では、又{また}会{あ}いましょう」, in which case it's completely normal to write 「また」 as 「又」. But is it very weird or even wrong to use the kanji in the ...
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Kanjis read differently [duplicate]

I've been studying the song DAN DAN 心魅かれてく from Dragon Ball GT, and I learned that some kanjis are read differently in this song. For example, 景色 (keshiki -> scenario) is read as 場所 (basho -> ...
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What's 火垂る and why is it so rare?

I've stumbled upon the word 火垂る, meaning firefly, in the Japanese title for Grave of the Fireflies. The thing is, there's already a kanji (蛍), pronounced the same way. The other weirded thing is that ...
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Confused with the readings of the kanji 達 and the word 友達 [duplicate]

I'm trying to learn japanese and I'm confused about the readings of the kanji '達'. If I go to a Japanese dictionary such as jisho, I can read all the on and kun readings, so far so good. But, for ...
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Is kanban (看板) really the same in Japanese and Chinese?

At my company we use a kanban in our software development process. I speak Chinese and I know the word in Chinese as 看板 (kànbǎn in pinyin), 看 meaning "look" and 板 meaning "board". ...
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How do you map Korean Hanja sounds to Japanese Kanji sounds?

I think they’re related somehow.
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Help deciphering this Japanese artist's signature [closed]

I know this is a long shot but I came across this Japanese artist's signature and I was wondering if anyone could help. Unfortunately I do not know the full name of the artist. The rightmost ...
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Why do authors choose to use obscure/old ways to write words?

To be clear, this is not a question on why alternate forms exist. Obviously there are a lot of historical reasons behind them. It is also not about why people use rarer alternate forms generally. ...
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"Good day" as "良い一日": Yoi ichi-nichi vs Yoi tsuitachi?

Do Japanese say "Good day" as the conventional way of their greetings (?): 良い一日。(?) Furthermore, it seems that: Google pronounced this as Yoi ichi-nichi. But the Google translator shows:...
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[発見]{はっ・けん} and [発明]{はつ・めい} difference

I'm trying to memorize the kanji 発 and a few of its most important usages in vocab. Jisho says はっけん means discovery and はつめい means invention. Aren't these synonyms of each other? They are both used in,...
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What is the relationship between the jinmeiyōkánji/jōyōkánji and level 1 of JIS X 0208?

The combined number of jōyōkánji (2,136) and jinmeiyōkánji (863) is 2,999, while the number of kanji in level 1 of JIS X 0208 is 2,965. What are the characters on the list of 2,999 that aren't on the ...
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What is the top component of the 益 kanji?

Please explain the origin/sense/meaning of the top component of the 益 kanji. It doesn't seem to be any normal radical, nor any common "variation" thereof.
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What is this kanji in the image? [closed]

I have been trying to find the meaning of this kanji for 2 hours now. What does it mean?
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How come this sentence そんなことでどうする? takes on so many forms?

ロニキス 「はは。クロード、これしきの事で怯えているのか?少尉ともあろうものが、そんなことでどうする? The context is that Ronixis is a commander who hands Claude a pistol and tells him to use it in case of an attack. I'm confused at exactly what ...
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How do you tell the difference between 決行 and 欠航?

So apparently 決行-けっこう (to carry out) and 欠航-けっこう (cancelled) are pronounced the same way? Or does one of them have a different pitch accent pattern? At least Google translate pronounced them the same. ...
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Help me to translate this Japanese phrase [closed]

Greetings, So this is what I am trying to translate. The problem is that the last character doesn't want to show up in any Kanji recognition, so I have two questions: Does the last Kanji character ...
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What is the meaning of 火怨 in a title?

Back in 2013 there was an NHK drama series 火怨・北の英雄 アテルイ伝 . In that title, I can't understand the meaning of the compound kanji "火怨", and I couldn't find any examples or reference online that ...
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Why is 株 used as variant for viruses, e.g. デルタ株?

I've noticed that Delta variant and so forth is translated using 株. I've always understood this kanji to primarily deal with things regarding stocks, business, and so forth. I also see from my ...
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What are the differences between 賠 and 償?

I am learning kanji with Heisig's method, and I have seen that 賠 and 償 means the same (compensation, indemnify), so I have been searching for examples in 'Yomiwa' and 'jisho.org' trying to clear my ...
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Does the construct: [verb]+るっちゃ[verb]るけど, make any sense grammatically?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2QAVNPdJso&t=2m39s 2年間ぐらい全然漢字使ってなくて、今なんか書こうと思えば、ま、ちょっと難しい。読めるっちゃ読めるけど... I haven't used kanji at all for about two years, and if I want to write something now, it's ...
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Do I need to learn kanji to speak/write japanese?

I'm learning Japanese but do I have to learn kanji, because I don't want to learn 50,000 letters.
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Kanji after gairaigo pronunciation [duplicate]

For instance, in "アカウントにサインイン中です。" How is "中" pronounced? At a purely mental level, I've always maintained the idea that how you read is up to you, which seems to be backed by ...
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Does Japanese have characters in small size and in capital size?

In English it's normal for the sentence to start with a capital letter. In German also. Additionally, there are classes of words that are written in German with an initial capital letter. How is it in ...
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What is the correct reading of 火防女?

I was playing around in the Japanese version of Dark Souls, and i came across the word 火防女 , which in english they translated as "Firekeeper". I have not been studying japanese for long, but ...
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Rules to leave spaces between words when using kanji and kana

I'm trying to understand when I should leave blanks (spaces) between Japanese words when using either kana or kanji. My understanding is that blanks should be left when otherwise the text is confusing....
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Do all Japanese words that can be written with kanji have two ways of pronouncing them?

Since there are On and Kun readings for kanji, does it mean that every word that can be written with kanji has two ways of pronouncing it?
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Are there other examples of simplification like 稽→𥡴?

The adoption of almost 200 additional characters to the list of joyo kanji in 2010 introduced some discrepancies of simplifying certain radicals. According to an official supplement to the list(p.36-...
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Does anyone know if this is supposed to be some kind of expression これが憎めないんだなぁ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY3w8m7zZfs&t=2m5s スリッピーはちょっと気が弱いが、これが憎めないんだなぁ。 Slippy is a bit faint of heart, ... 憎む 【にくむ】 to hate; to detest
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How important are these weirdly written kanji? [closed]

I don't know what kind of font this is which is why I had so much trouble searching for an answer online. Is this how Japanese people usually write Kanji? If so, how can I re-learn Kanjis with this ...
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Is this a pun? (稀/希)

I'm reading a manga in which a character says, 「って稀!」 in response to another character doing something unusual. I understand that 稀 can be translated as "rare," "unusual," etc. ...
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Why the movies Space Battleship Yamato title don't use Kanji for Yamato but katakana?

The movies wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Battleship_Yamato The movies title (宇宙戦艦ヤマト) write Yamato (ヤマト) as katakana. However, Yamato is Japanese word, which is available in Kanji (大和). 大和 ...

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