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漢字の使い分け. Questions about choosing the right kanji.

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What is the difference between 蔵, 倉, and 庫?

The word 【くら】 can be written with any of the kanji 蔵, 倉, or 庫. However, WWWJDIC lists them all under one entry, defined as: (n) warehouse; cellar; magazine; granary; godown; depository; treasury; ...
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Which is the “official” kanji for さい, 歳 or 才?

Well if I'm not wrong, usually when a word has multiple kanjis one of them is selected as the "main" or more commonly used one. But is it true that 才 and 歳 are both the "main" kanji for さい?
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Should I use 竜 or 龍?

When writing the kanji for dragon, should I use the simplified or traditional or can I use either. My Japanese dictionary tells me that Japanese people learn both character forms in school. I know ...
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Is it more common to write “wakarimasu” with or without kanji?

I've had two vocabulary lists where wakarimasu is written as 分かります. However most of the time in news articles and manga I find it back as just わかります. So I wondered what is commonly used among Japanese ...
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How obscure is the use of 令 in 令和?

I actually like the new 年号 kanji 令和, but I must admit I was surprised by the choice of 令. According to this article in the Japan Times, The new era name is composed of two Chinese characters — “...
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Difference between 見る and 観る?

Lately I've seen in some dialog games with this difference. They use 観る rather than 見る, e.g.: ・あなたテレビ観るかな。 ・あんまり観ない方なんだ。 So I'm thinking I can use 見る to make the same dialog. However there ...
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What would be the most apt word in kanji, for “Animal world”?

Okay, that may sound a little confusing, and no, not looking for the name of a zoo or theme park here XD Essentially, simply put, I'm writing a novel, and for that, building a world around it. Yes, ...
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When a dog in pain whines or howls, is it 「泣いている」 or 「鳴いている」?

鳴く seems to be the bark, cry, etc. of animals, and 泣く seems to be crying, weeping, etc. of humans (at any rate, associated with pain, sadness, etc.). However, when a dog in pain whines or howls, which ...
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What's the difference between 上手い, 美味い, 旨い, and 巧い?

All four of these words are read as うまい and have the same meaning in my dictionary so I was wondering, can these four words (上手い, 美味い, 旨い, and 巧い) be used interchangeably?
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Are 髙 and 高 interchangeable?

At my old job, I knew someone by the name of Takahashi (last name). Sometimes I'd see their name spelled 高橋 and sometimes 髙橋. Why was 高 sometimes used and why was 髙 sometimes used?
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What is the difference between 飲む and 呑む?

I saw a tweet that said 要は日本酒が呑みたい And my dictionary translated 呑む as 'to drink', with 飲む as the default spelling and 呑む as an alternate form. What is the difference between 飲む and 呑む?
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Variations in the “same” kanji, how do you know which one to use?

I've been trying to memorize some Kanji, and I've noticed that some of them seem to have different forms. So depending on what app I use, or what website I visit, the Kanji seems lightly different. As ...
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Closed: [休]{きゅう}〜 vs. [閉]{へい}〜

Are there particular rules on when to use one or the other? 休〜 appears to be more of a temporary closure or suspension (with implied continuation at some point in the near future)... ...
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Is there a word for “using a wrong kanji”?

This would be probably more common when writing personal names, but can happen in a regular writing as well. Is there a Japanese word or expression for a kanji “typo” – a situation, when you use a ...
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How are 憧れる and 憬れる different?

Both verbs have the same reading, and both seem to have meanings of "yearning", "longing" or "admiration". I can't figure any difference between the two; are there any situations where you would use ...
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The difference between transitive verbs 窮める, 極める, 究める and intransitive verbs 極まる, 窮まるand 谷まる?

I'm sorry if this question has been answered before, but I did not find a suitable answer. Please provide reliable link if that is the case. I would like to know the differences between the ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between 陥る and 落ち入る?

These two words appear to mean the same thing and the entry on Google dictionary gives the definition as the same for both. Are there any cases where you would use one instead of the other?
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How do I find the right meaning of homonyms 同音異義語 via audio?

Japanese has a lot of homonyms and sometimes one has more than 10 meanings. When I heard the following sentences on the phone or a radio. How do I deal with it? はしのはしですか? きのう、かきをたべたけどあまりおいしくなかった ...
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Difference between 嵌まる and 填まる

This verb is also written in katakana despite the presence of kanjis. What is the difference between them ? In which context 嵌まる suits more than 填まる, what is the nuance ?
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Difference between 粗い and 荒い

I would like to know when 粗い is used. According to the dictionary, it means "rough", but I'm not able to see the difference between 粗い and 荒い. Is 粗い used only when a picture has bad quality? Or in ...
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Multiple common kanji for a word: which to use?

I have been using jisho.org and aedict (android) to look at the definition, kanji and reading of words. Sometimes though, they list words that have multiple kanji in use and they are all indicated as "...
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What is the difference in usage between 闘う and 戦う?

I would like to know the difference in usage between these two godan and intransitive verbs : 闘う{たたかう} 戦う{たたかう} When is one chosen over the other? Is 戦う more related to the war and 闘う to the ...
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What is the difference between 不気味 and 無気味?

The dictionary gives both words to mean 'ominous' and they have the same pronunciation. What is the difference between 不気味 and 無気味?
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Meaning of ついて when issued as a command?

I was watching a video of people in Japan getting yelled at and stopped by police, and several times I'd hear them yell「ついて!」. I was unsure of the meaning, and after looking it up I couldn't figure ...
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Where can I find the nuance/meaning differences between words with different kanji options?

This question is related to the questions (here) and (here) regarding a word or verb with multiple kanji options, for example [作る、造る、創る] or [蔵、倉、庫] Is there a resource somewhere that will tell me ...
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On the two words, several pronunciations, and many spellings for “sake cup”

When I was in Okinawa drinking sake I asked my host what the Japanese word for the sake cup was and was told: お猪口{ちょこ} Then today I went to the Nezu Museum in Tokyo which currently has a ...
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How to choose the right kanji from several choices?

I do know that there are many questions like that all over the web and some on japanese.stackexchange as well. Nevertheless, as far as I can remember I could not find any that explained how to choose ...
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Using 音読み to write foreign names

I'm wondering if it's possible or acceptable for foreigners to use 漢字 to write their names that would usually be written in カタカナ. I know that some names are already Japanese names such as Ben【勉】, Mary【...
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Why would one write 譬{たと}える this way?

In this question, たとえる is written 譬える. At first, I thought it might be to emphasize something but according to my research, 譬 is composed of two parts: the top 壁 without the 土, and 言. Therefore its on-...
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What is the difference between 神社, お寺 and お宮?

All of them mean "shrine" or "temple", but what is the difference between all of them ?
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Difference between 同級生 and 級友?

Both translate to classmate. However I can't see in which context one is used. I asked to my teacher and he said that he never heard about 級友 and it might be an old word not used anymore. What is the ...
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Itadakimasu: connotations of 戴 vs 頂?

Today I learned that itadaku can be written as 戴く or 頂く. According to Tangorin, 頂 means "place on the head; receive; top of head; top; summit; peak" and 戴 has the overlapping meaning "be crowned with;...
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実践 and 実戦 in exercises

I've seen both 実践 and 実戦 used in the context of practice questions, both pronounced じっせん, of course. 実践問題 seems to be the more common of the two, meaning a practice exercise, but I've recently come ...
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difference between 級 and 位

As the title indicates; I'm doing some kanji studying, and these two came up with the exact same translation which is "rank", there are no synonyms given so I'm not sure what is the difference between ...
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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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When to use 座る vs 坐る

As I'm starting to explore more kanji, I've come across these two ways of writing すわる (to sit): 座る and 坐る. I would like to know when to use one over the other. Are there nuances that would make one ...
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Kanji for なくす - to lose something

When I went to check the kanji for なくす (to lose something) I saw that tangorin.com offers 3 different possible characters. I've seen the first one (無) in some mangas and that's the one I knew, but ...
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What do all the different たすける's mean?

Today I noticed during practicing kanji that lately I've been going through a lot of kanji that all mean help / save / assist : 助ける 扶ける 救ける 援ける 輔ける and I found two more that I had yet to learn (...
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What is the difference between 始め 初め and 始まり?

Just to be sure, I'm not talking about the verbs 始める/始まる but the nouns(maybe adverb?) 始め 初め and 始まり.
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Octopus kanji: 章魚 vs 蛸 vs 鮹

I'm trying to determine the most appropriate kanji for タコ (octopus), and have come across three possibilities: 章魚, 蛸, and 鮹. According to jisho.org, all three possibilities are read as たこ. The Pocket ...
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What is the difference between 惹かれる and 引かれる?

I was texting a Japanese person, and I saw 引かれる【ひかれる】for the first time, so I searched for its meaning. I saw contradictory explanations and translations, some sources say it is the same as 惹かれる{ひかれる},...
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Which is the most correct Kanji Compound equivalent to 'aji mumpung' or 'being opportunist'? (オポチュニスト、便乗主義者、日和見主義者、御都合主義者 and 利己主義者)

Context: I read an article here and stumbled over an interesting kanji compound, i.e.: 便乗主義者 - or オポチュニスト (according to this) Meaning: しばしば倫理に反する手段で、可能性のある利益の状況で目前の利益を取るさま. In Bahasa Indonesia, ...
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Differents ways to write 箸 [duplicate]

I realized when looking for the kanji for chopsticks that you can actually find 2 versions of the 箸 kanji (see for example 箸 (Jisho) or 箸 (Jitenon)). Namely, there is sometimes a little stroke above ...
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When I go to Japan to study abroad, can I write my name in kanji?

I am planning to study abroad in Japan in two years through my college for a year at a Japanese speaking university. I also have goals/aspirations to one day work/live in Japan. Is it weird/acceptable ...
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Usage of 卵 vs. 玉子 when talking about eggs

While reading the first manga of 「3月のライオン」, I came across an interesting usage of kanji for eggs. Until then, I've only seen 卵 used for eggs, or its readings using hiragana or katakana. The ...
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How to express “Stone Master” as a compliment

I dabble in Shodo and I am designing a calligraphy to give as a gif to a martial arts master. He is French, and his name is Pierre (Pierre, just like all other derivatives of Latin "Petrus", like ...
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悟る vs 気づく vs 分かる Satoru vs Kizuku vs Wakaru

From my understanding, 気づく is more "to realise" and 分かる is more to "understand" right? Where does 悟る fall in comparison to these 2? Is it more towards "realising" or "understanding"? Or is it ...
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How should I write “ikigai” in shodō?

I'd like to use ikigai ("something one lives for; purpose in life; raison d'être") for a calligraphy (shodō) work. According to Tangorin there are three possible ways to write this: 生き甲斐 生きがい 生甲斐 ...
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装着 vs 着装? Souchaku vs Chakusou

Both are used to mean equip right? Any difference in meaning or are they interchangeable. I noticed Japanese superhero shows seem to use both interchangeably, with Justirisers using 装着 and others ...
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Should I write 此方 or こちら?

I wonder if it is too formal to use the kanji for such a common expression like this. However, I like to write most Japanese words with kanji since I write college documents. Additionally, what do ...