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

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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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A name for common words that use uncommon kanji?

I didn't see a duplicate for this in the similar questions, so here goes. Is there either a list of words like this, or a name for this type of word (made of two very rare/complex kanji, but the word ...
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How did the on-readings with -チ appear?

This is what I know. 1) Unlike, say, -p, the final -t of Chinese readings was maintained in careful speech at least as long as the Christian resources of the XVIth century (Frellesvig 2010: 316-7). ...
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Nuance differences between the kanji for ぐあい, 具合 and 工合

Usually I read ぐあい as 具合 but recently I was reading a some Japanese literature and the 工合 version of the kanji was used. For reference the literature: 脳味噌の中心にヒリヒリと焦げ付く位である。それでいて、あとから考えるとその興味の焦点と、...
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What common words are written one way - but almost always pronounced a different way? (eg. 言う is generally spoken as 「ゆう」)

I am aware that [行く]{いく} is sometimes read 「ゆく」 but I do not think it is mostly read as 「ゆく」except in combinations. 例えば、行く手・行く先・行く春. Whereas I almost never hear 言う as いう. These are the only two ...
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Question about Ikkyu anecdote in “3 Pillars of Zen”

I've loved this English Zen fable since I was a teenager, but not sure of the correct kanji translation for "attention" - is it 念? One day a man of the people said to Zen Master Ikkyu: “Master, ...
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Reading of 大: だい or たい?

The おお reading is out of the scope of this question - it might be involved in the answer though I'm learning some vocabulary, and noticed that 大 was sometimes read だい, sometimes たい. The instance ...
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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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What is the standard size of a kanji as written by a standard caligraphy brush

I recently acquired some brush pens meant for calligraphy, one of size 'standard', and one of size 'beginner'. While I cannot find the site where they were labeled as such, the lineup is here with ...
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Exact definition of 針千本 in the 指切り idiom

I'm trying to learn more about idioms and expressions, and I came across this (which is apparently said when making a [pinky] promise): 指切拳万{ゆびきりげんまん}、嘘ついたら針千本{はりせんぼん}呑ます Casting the first part ...
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What is 何で (nande) in the sentence 何できた

In the sentence 何できた (nandekita), the de is a particle and connects nande to the verb kita, but in the case of nande, there isn't a particle, so what is it in the sentence? I'm just confused about ...
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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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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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一代 pronounced as かずよ?

I saw the following example sentence on WaniKani: あそこに立っている外人の男の人のとなりにいる女の人があのゆう名なまつい一代さんです。 The lady next to the foreign guy standing over there is THE famous Kazuyo Matsui. The part I'm confused ...
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Identical on and kun readings

死 is read either し or シ. What would be the difference compared to there being only one reading?
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Is there kanji(s) to mean “from court” or “court-related”?

I found a kanji for emperial court/governmental court as follows: 廷: courts, imperial court, government office jisho.org I am looking for an adjective for this word made with this kanji or another ...
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How does “ 一切” mean all/entire?

This word contains 一 "one" plus 切 "to cut" .. so how would this mean all/entire? ... I searched before coming here and found something https://kanjiportraits.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/the-kanji-...
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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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What's the difference between “on”, “oto” and “ne”

I've seen some various examples where the kanji "音" has different readings (おん, おと and ね) and couldn't found out when to use each one. Is there a general rule to know each one should I use in an ...
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Use of '判宦' in 九郎判宦義経

A simple name cartouche 九郎判宦義経 uses '判宦' instead of '判官'. I assume it is supposed to be read Kurō Hōgan Yoshitsune. Yoshitsune received the title Kurō Hōgan (九郎判官) from the Imperial Court; sometimes ...
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How many of Japanese text can be written using only kanji?

With many frequent words normally written in kana having their rare kanji (looking at ‘ya, 一寸待{ちょっとま}って!), one starts to wonder of an exercise: is it even possible to rewrite any complete text using ...