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

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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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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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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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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 ...
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Differences between 出発する and 出る

Both mean "to leave" but when do you use one instead of another ? Does 出発する implies "leaving and go on a trip" ? Or maybe is one more formal than the other ?
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Difference between 越える and 超える

What is the difference between 越える【こえる】 and 超える【こえる】?
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The meaning of 昭道館 vs 松濤館

This came about from my answer on martial art about Aikido and Karate. two diferent styles are called Shodokan and Shotokan. The kanji are as follow: 昭道館 for Shōdōkan 松濤館 for Shōtōkan I have always ...
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Question about [一騎当千]{いっ・き・とう・せん}

One of my dictionaries defines this (actually, 一騎当千のつわもの) as a matchless [an extremely mighty] warrior / a warrior who is strong enough to fight against as many as one thousand men. My question is ...
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Difference between 誠, 実, and 本当

All of them means "truth; reality". 誠 is read as "まこと", and 実 as "じつ", however 実 can also be read as "まこと". 本当 seems to have an inclination to a thing or fact, rather than a concept, but it also means ...
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Alternative kanji forms, i.e., 「滲みる」 vs. 「染みる」。

I was reading a sentence in a manga and the context used 滲みる to comment on something soaking into fabric. (actually, it was specifically 「滲みとる」, is that an ending I'm not aware of or an accent of た/て?)...
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Is there a difference in usage between 賃銀 and 賃金?

I was looking into a novel and I found the word 賃銀. According to my dictionary, this word has the same meaning as 賃金, which is wages, the money a person receive for a work/task. They have the same ...
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Looking for words with alternative kanji choices

I've noticed that in fiction a writer will sometimes use an unexpected kanji for a word. For example, instead of 見せる I have seen 魅せる several times. If you know any other examples of this kind of '...
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What's the difference between 学部 and 学科?

In the Kanji textbook I've been studying from, I've seen compounds like 社会学部 or 物理学科 and both are then translated as 'the department/faculty of ~'. Is there any difference between 部 and 科 in this ...
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着 vs 衣 to refer to gi?

When would I use 着(ki) as opposed to 衣 (i) to refer to a karate gi (空手着 or 空手衣)? As I understand it, 着 refers to something you wear, literally being used as a noun for "suit of clothes" and being ...
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Usage of other word forms

In this sentence: 陽あたり良好 Jisho.org states that "陽" is another form for "日" and that when it signifies "day", it's implied to have the same meaning. With this example, I've only ever learned of "日" ...
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The difference between 丸 and 玉

It may be a dumb question, both mean circle/round thing but 玉 is more of a jewel/sphere/ball. Could I say "5円丸" instead of "5円玉"? Or should I just stick with "5円硬貨"
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How to say prices in these situations?

Usually the basics only cover いくら so most basic lessons I know of don't even cover the word price in basic contexts. I know 物価 and my understanding is that it is used in the general economic sense? ...
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difference between 道具 vs 工具

is there a significant difference between 道具{どうぐ} & 工具{こうぐ}? They both seem to mean tool, but the former has a longer list of than the latter but all still basically tool/instrument. Also how is 具{...
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Can you write the japanese name Hideyoshi as 秀代志

I know the name has common spellings like 秀吉 or 英義 but when I type ひでよし on my laptop I once got 秀代志 as an option as well. Would it work? And why/why not?
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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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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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What's the difference between 読み and 読書?

Both mean reading or to read in the verbal form but in what context do you use 読み/読む and in what context to you use 読書/読書する ?
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If both 五 and 伍 mean “five”, when should I use each one?

It caught my attention the character 伍 with the meaning of "five". I've seen it recently in the anime "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba", in which some characters have kanji tattooed ...
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ゆきやま vs 雪山 kanji for yuki yama [closed]

I'm doing a design for a Japanese restaurant in a mountain town, the name of it is Yuki Yama. I'm curious about using ゆきやま vs 雪山 for the Japanese characters. I'm Chinese so I'm inclined to use 雪山 but ...
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Understanding kanji: kanji sound boundaries?

I know several Chinese characters but am a relative beginner at Japanese. I am having trouble, in a dictionary, when I input a sequence of characters, determining where the letters for one set of ...
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difference between 死, 死ぬ, & 死去?

How are 死{し}, 死ぬ{しぬ}, & 死去{しきょ} different? Is it "die" vs "to die"?
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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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Why do the readings change?

Forgive my title as I don’t really have a good one at the top of my head. I’ve always been into word play when it comes to naming characters, but when it comes to Japanese it’s kinda difficult for me. ...
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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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Difference between 守る and 護る [duplicate]

Both 守 and 護 mean "to protect" or "to safeguard", but are there any differences between them?
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Is there any unicode characters that is same as a kanji image?

Can you find a unicode character that is same as the kanji image below? Kanji image: Thanks if you did it.
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is there a way to display the hito/jin 人 in non-simplified form?

is there a way to display the hito/jin 人 in non-simplified form ? I see kanji IMAGES everywhere on the net. but I'm looking for a unicode character like the old Chinese Lishu script. I see it in ...

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