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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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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When should I replace hiragana with kanji?

When should I write わたし instead of 私?
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I can't identify this kanji [closed]

I'd like to know what the second kanji stands for. I've searched and searched, and still I couldn't find what kanji it is.
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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 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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暖かい・食べ物 / 例えば、火が作れる場合は→を起こせば冬にぬくもりが作れるし / 燃やしてしまう可能性もある

I'm writing small compositions on a regular basis and putting them on italki, so that someone proofreads it and makes corrections to it. Recently, I posted this and got a rather comprehensive answer. ...
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弾く/弾ける in 何か楽器をひけますか

何か楽器をひけますか appeared in ISBN-13: 978-4828867588 on page 102. Question 1: Is the kanji form of the verb 弾く【ひく】to play (a stringed or keyboard instrument)? Question 2: If the answer to Q1 is yes, why is ...
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っていうことになったんですけど - meaning?

I had just received a somewhat rushed 'transliteration' of a 1 minute video. To me, Shigeru Miyamoto speaks in a way which is extremely difficult to understand. I am adding the full transcript just ...
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How many Kanji characters are there?

I have been searching around, but all the sources give completely different answers ranging from 2,000 to 50,000. So my question is how many Kanji characters that have ever existed since the dawn of ...
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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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Why some tutorials teach writing Japanese numbers with Hiragana when they are actually written with Katakana (as on-yomi) in dictionaries?

I've just began learning some Kanji by looking-up how the numbers are written (and read) and suddenly bumped into confusion while watching some tutorials. I can hear the tutors pronouncing a number in ...
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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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When is the onyomi reading " ゾウ " for the kanji 三 used?

The only example reading I could find for ゾウ is on Jisho.org where 三蔵 ( さんぞう ) is actually using the "サン” reading for 三. What is the point of having ゾウ as a reading for 三? When is it used?
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Is the kanji/kokuji "taito" (たいと) with 84 strokes legitimate and ever used?

Taito is mentioned as the kanji/kokuji with the highest stroke count consisting of 84 strokes in Wikipedia. Taito is composed of two kanji ("cloud" (雲) and "dragon" (龍) repeated ...
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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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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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Trying to decipher a Kanji on a bad image source

I am trying to read this unidentified Kanji It is some kind of house part, found on this map, as marked: http://i.imgur.com/hsSC9kH.png It's from an older book from Nagano-ken, so it is possibly an ...
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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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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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What kanji is this?

So I was reading stuff on the official website of the anime 僕のヒーローアカデミア and stumbled upon this handwritten message from the original manga's author. I cannot read the encircled part because I do not ...
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The meaning of "yoi" in martial arts

This is something that has confused me for a while. I am no Japanese student, but I do shotokan karate. We are often told to get into a "ready" stance by the sensei using the command "yoi". Wikipedia ...
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How to say "I knew that Kanji, but not that reading"

A friend recently showed me her name in Kanji. It was 梶原{かじわら}。I'm trying to figure out how I would say that "I knew that Kanji (原), but not that reading (わら)". If I was shown the Kanji ...
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What is the difference between 当{とう} and この?

I am making a website and needed inspiration for a "404 not found" page in Japanese. Going to a non-existent page on Amazon.co.jp (ex: amazon.co.jp/aaaaaaa) gives this message: 何{なに}かお探{さが}...
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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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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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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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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 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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「春じゃもの」の「じゃもの」はどういう意味?

What does the じゃもの in 春じゃもの mean? The phrase is a koto song title, so I can't give much context. I think my teacher said it meant something like "clearly", or "the essence of". But I can't remember, ...
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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 does 戯んでいた mean?

I'm a little confused, I was reading a book an this turned up; at first I thought it would be a verb ending in ぶ or む, but it turns out it's not really a verb, I guess it's a noun. I found out that ...
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Why are some lyrics' words written in kanji whose usual reading is not how it is sung?

Some song lyrics in the official lyric book that accompanies the CD is sung as another word. Usually, the way it is sung is given as a furigana on the kanji: Written: 君が希望に変わってゆく          (pardon the ...
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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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Why is 悪夢 read as ゆめ?

I have some questions. 夏の夜の[悪夢]{ゆめ} I don't understand why 悪夢 is read as ゆめ not あくむ.
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時代 Homograph, Written as とき [duplicate]

I recently finished the anime series Inuyasha, along with the four films. I noticed while looking at the Wikipedia entry for the first film—映画犬夜叉 時代を越える想い—that the romanization is written "Eiga ...
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Why do some kanji have furigana that are not valid readings?

In my text I read the sentence: あなたが体験したよりもっと[巨]{おお}きく、もっと深くさせてくれる力があるからだ。 (furigana is from the text) I understand 大きく, and I understand some words with 巨 like 巨大. However, when I looked up 巨きく ...

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