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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When should i replace hiragana with kanji?

When should I write わたし instead of 私?
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Reading: 一つ/一人 (kun/onyomi)

I have a question about onyomi and kunyomi. I've learned that 一つ is read ひとつ and 一人 is read ひとり. I am confused because ひと is the kunyomi of 一. That means that kunyomi is used when there's a Kanji and ...
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can the same compound have different readings when having the same meaning?

I know that kanjis can have many readings. But I thought compounds (combinations) had only one meaning. For what I've read in the board, a compound can have different readings for different meanings. ...
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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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Is there a list of components all the kanjis are made of?

I started to make a list of all the "components" (I don't know how to call them) all the joyo kanjis are made of, for me to be easier to memorize all the kanjis (I memorize them by ...
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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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Why is 苑 a particularly popular word for naming Yakiniku shops?

スタミナ苑, 清月苑, 叙苑, 京城苑, etc. are all real yakiniku places in Japan. I don't see the character 苑 in the names of any other type of cuisine there.
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How has Japanese kanji and kana usage changed since 1945?

How has the percentage of writing using each script changed since 1945? With script reform, increasing influx of loanwords, and stylistic choices, several factors affect how much certain parts of the ...
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Why is 江風 being translated to Kawakaze even though there's no Kawa in the kanji?

I am studying Japanese and I am also a bit of an Azur Lane fan (a gacha game). One of my favorite characters is called Kawakaze, based on the real-life IJN Kawakaze (a Shiratsuyu-class destroyer). The ...
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What is the origin and meaning of the street names 一年坂, 二年坂 and 三年坂 in Higashiyama, Kyoto?

Obviously "1-year hill", etc., but what is the context of that? And sometimes we see it spelled with 念 (nen) or 寧 (nei) instead of 年 (nen). Why is that, and which one would be correct?
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I heard this word/compound in an anime and I can't find a single example of it online, am I understanding it correctly? (参加出)

During an exchange in which a character asks another to participate in an event, the other character replies さんかで。(I'm writing it in hiragana 'cause I'm still not sure of the kanjis.) Context-wise the ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of writing in romaji instead of in kanji and kana?

Romaji is somewhat of a conversion from kanji and kana to the Roman alphabet. What are the disadvantages of learning only or mostly romaji aside from being unable to read/write in kanji? I don't ...
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Why これは in the end of the 唆{そそ}るぜこれは! statement?

唆{そそ}るぜこれは - is translated as "This is exhilarating" in anime. Though, various translations give "It's tempting" and google gives "I'll instigate this". Why is "これは&...
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How many Shinjitai and Kyūjitai characters are there?

Kanji Jōyō Jinmeiyō Hyōgai Shinjitai 2127 ? 0 Kyūjitai 0 ? ? Kokuji 9 16 0 Total 2136 863 ? I wonder if the above table is the exact concept of the use of Kanji in Japanese language. Can you help ...
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Can I use a Chinese newspaper to learn kanji radicals and maybe some kanji?

Upon looking for ways on how to start learning kanji, I have found that many people recommend learning the radicals first. After exposing myself to the radicals, I plan on practicing by spotting them ...
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波比不部保 ([B] sounds) → はひふへほ ([h] or [f] sounds)

Hiragana (平仮名 or 平假名) has its cursive form originated from the Chinese cursive form 草書. You can read from https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%B9%B3%E4%BB%AE%E5%90%8D. Also https://www.hana300.com/aakana....
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恋 written as 恋ひ and 恋ふ?

A song in Final Fantasy 14 named Sunrise has a line listed as such, from an official source: 清らに優し 恋ひ恋ふ吾が君よ ⇒きよらにやさし こいこうあがきみよ What are the purposes of the い(ひ) and う(ふ) being written outside of the ...
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Can you help me identify the kanji for the word くろあつがま{kuroatsugama}?

My rice cooker says “kuroatsugama” on its side. I believe it refers to some kind of black Teflon coating. The second kanji seems to be a writing of the kanji 厚 I’m unfamiliar with. Why is the top ...
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Can 案が検討されまして also be used to mean “implemented”?

I'm not sure how to make sense of this section of text. Either it says that buses were considered for use but ultimately left without stranded passengers, OR that sightseeing buses were used and ...
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How do I read this sentence? 「そこにいるのは、すでに死んだ先人達。」

The last part of the sentence is throwing me off because I'm not sure whether or not "死んだ先人達" should be read as "しんださきひとたち" or "しんだせんじんたち." Could it depend on context? ...
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Can 総指揮 be used outside of a military context?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4JDxrrSGT0 「えーー、こんにちは、あるいはこんばんは。えー、糸井重里です。 今度、任天堂から、えー、マザーというタイトルで、えー、僕の、えー、組織、監督脚本というなんか大げさ が/な 触れ込みで、マザーという新しいロールプレイングゲームが出ます。 I'm not sure if its そうしき 総指揮 general ...
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Is Japanese に related to the Chinese character 仁?

Is Japanese に (pronounced as "ni") related to the Chinese character 仁 (pronounced as "ren" in Chinese mandarin)? Does the に have the root from the Chinese character 仁? They both ...
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Readings of kanji in newspaper

When reading a japanese newspaper there's a lot of kanjis, but how do you know the correct reading if you come across a kanji you dont know? Is there some easy way to look it up, or do you just have ...
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Kanji for native Japanese concepts: Kun'yomi spanning multiple morphemes

There are a few words, which are written with Kanji imported from China, but where the intended native Japanese meaning would prefer a different choice of Kanji. My favourite examples are 雷 vs. 神鳴り (...
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Irregular Kanji Readings

Question about all the irregular readings of kanji that seem to pop up plentiful in kanji dictionaries. Take for example the kanji 丞. According to the entry on kanji.jitenon, this kanji has following ...
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Why are some Jinmeiyou kanji missing from JIS 1?

Background 人名用 (Jinmeiyou) kanji are a list of ~800 kanji officially sanctioned by the Japanese government for use in names. JIS-X-0208 is the major standard for encoding kanji on computers. It's ...
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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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Different writing of the kanji 誤?

Good day, I've just noticed that the kanji 誤, while displayed almost everywhere that way, when pasted in my Anki deck, suddenly changes into (see picture below) I can't get it to display anywhere else ...
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What does the kanji '図' mean?

I'm a graphic designer and illustrator working on a personal character design project about animals made out of combining different asymmetrical figures. I've been trying to choose a name for my ...
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Why are 关 and 复 half-width in Japanese?

关 and 复 are the simplified Chinese forms of 關 and 復複覆, respectively. Usually simplified Hanzi that don't exist as kanji don't get any special treatment and Japanese fonts might not even display them, ...
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Difference between 濠 and 堀

I wanted to know what is the difference between 濠 (gō) and 堀 (hori). I've only seen 濠 in context of 環濠 (kangō), 豪華な (gōkana) and 豪州 (gōshū). From what I know 環濠 and 堀 both means moat. Well, then, what ...
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What does 豪 mean?

What does 豪 mean in word 豪州 (Australia). I wanted to know the etymology of 豪 (I know what does 州 part means). Also I wanted to know if it is pronounced as "Gōshū" or not. (I made a mistake ...
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What is the etymology of さて, and why are the kanji 偖・扠・扨 used for it?

This is a relatively simple question: what is the etymology of さて, and why are the kanji 偖・扠・扨 used for it?
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Is this 8px height font understandable for japanese knowing people?

I am translating my mobile game from english to japanese. It is pixel art style, so I need pixel art font. I found one with 8px height, but I don't know if it is too small to understand, because I don'...
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What is this kanji, found in a 1932 Japanese world map?

The map can be found at this link, with the text in question placed to the right of the Iberian Peninsula. Despite the existence of many similar kanji (notably, 逐, 遂, 隧, 燧, and 邃), I was unable to ...
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飠vs.𩙿How interchangeable are these?

Going by the information from kanji.jitenon, I have a question regarding the radicals 飠 and 𩙿. I've noticed that some Kanji seem to be used with either of these while others are displayed exclusively ...
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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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Why does 語 contain 五?

I'm aware the two kanji are often pronounced the same, but why does one contain the other in it?
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What is the difference between 当 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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What are those kanji on a 大施餓鬼柱 pillar?

I was reading a manga and came along this text on the pillar: I deciphered this: 〇〇爰大施餓鬼会 I can't find anything in that. I looked up various 大施餓鬼(おせがき) related articles, but those two kanji were ...
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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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What is the meaning of 巻ノ + number next to a book?

What is the meaning of 巻ノ + number next to a book? I know that 巻 = volume ノ = ? 七十二 = 72 So it's Volume [?] 72
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Kanji for ordinal numbers

I am beginning to study kanji and while reading a wiki I noticed only the ordinal numbers first (初), second (乙), and third (丙) are listed. Which brings me to ask whether there are symbols for fourth, ...
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Kanji 労 vs 働 vs 努

These three kanji「労、 働、 努」are taught close together in grade 4. I've struggled a bit in separating them conceptually, and haven't found anything online in English that explains this distinction. I've ...
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What are mirrored characters? Which common ones exist?

I came across this post on Twitter: ぎゃんこ @gyankotsu mirrored 死 from tokyo ghoul:re I don't really understand what mirrored 死 refers to, and from the picture I'm still quite confused. What are ...
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Does the kanji 黒 have both the the meanings “dark” and “black”?

I am considering on doing my first tattoo, and the words "kuro" and "dark" both have significance to me. I would like to know if the kanji 黒 has both meanings. The word "dark&...
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Official definitions of kanji forms

How are the essential graphical identities of kanji defined? The length of the first stroke in 土, for example, is essential, because if it's longer than the third stroke, you have 士 instead. If you ...
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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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Difference between すれ違う, 外れる and ずれる plus something about grammar

I've heard in a song the following line: すれ違い心見えたなら 「要らない,要らない」しないのに 貴方はいつも貴方のまま This seems to mean something like "If I met someone whose feelings differed from mine, I wouldn't say 'I don't need ...
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Presence of の in 蜘蛛巣城

I have a question regarding original title of Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood movie. This title is pronounced "Kumonosu-jō" but written as 蜘蛛巣城. Why is possessive の particle missing here ...

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