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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 to create adjectives in Japanese?

Look at the following words: 意 Idea 圧 Pressure おとこ Man 女性 Woman 子 Child ヘア Hair 想い Thought Some of the above words are single kanjis, some kana, and some combination of kanji-kana. Is there a ...
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Why is the term for can as in ''aluminum can" written in kanji?

I noticed that the term "can" is written with a kanji term but pronounced as in English. Why use a kanji? The word coffee has a kanji, but is commonly written in katakana. It might be ateji, but I ...
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Are groups of kanji classified as on or kun'yomi overall or individually?

Individual kanji have on and kun readings. Which character in a multiple kanji word determines if the word has an on or kun reading? 月曜日is a better example, on on kun. Would Nichiyoubi be considered ...
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Do the Japanese speak with On and Kun in daily conversation?

I am trying to wrap my head around how the Japanese speak and how that differs from kanji. On and Kun makes a difference when reading kanji, depending usually how the sentence is made up of kanas and ...
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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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Is there a kanji for “-san”?

All other titles, used when addressing someone, have a kanji character. Was/Is there a kanji for -san?
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Whats the difference between yama and san in the title of a mountain?

Whats the difference between yama and san in the title of a mountain? 富山 and 富士山 Toyama and Fujisan for example? Is one simply a mountain and the other a volcano?
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Which reading does Google Translate use for kanji words?

I used a web service to emulate the name "Siavosh" in Kanji. First, you select your name parts from a table of kana and then it gives you a combination of kanji with pronunciation of each kanji ...
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Can you help me find this ceramic company? [closed]

I recently visited a ramen restaurant in Katy, Texas (West Houston) and noticed their lovely bowls. I would like to see the offerings of the makers, but this stamp on the bottom is all I have to go on....
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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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Is There A Japanese Word ( preferably a single Kanji ) For Owner of Black Stallion?

I am looking for a Japanese word, preferably a single Kanji character to mean "owner of black male horse". I checked some dictionaries, but could not find a single word for it. Currently, I found ...
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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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What's the connection between a spoon (匕) and the old age (⺹)? (Kanji: 老)

I was studying some radicals and I found this: ⺹ (old, old-age) and this: 匕. But why this: 老 (old + spoon) means "old man, old age, grow old"?? Do Japaneses think a spoon can make you older in a ...
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How is the wind related to illness?

I've seen the kanji 風 appear in several different illnesses: [風邪]{«かぜ»} (a cold), [中風]{ちゅう・ふう} (paralysis), and [痛風]{つう・ふう} (gout). Conceivably there may be others, but I haven't seen them. What ...
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What is the meaning of 山は越えたよ?

The sentence given with its translation is: I'm out of the woods. 山 は 越えた よ。 When I looked up the word "越えた", it was only matched with "越える" instead. I think the meaning is similar. When I ...
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Why is the term 者 used in some job titles and not others?

Why is the term 者 used in some job titles and not others? I see the term used for doctor, dentist and translator 医者, 歯医者, 翻訳者 to name a few, but not for teacher, mayor, secretary, etc.
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When is 前 read さき?

I’ve noticed that Daijisen lists 前 as kanji for さき together with the expected 先. However all compounds at the end of the article include only 先, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen 前 with furigana さき. ...
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What is the difference between 「運転手【うんてんしゅ】」 and 「車掌【しゃしょう】」?

According to the dictionary, 運転手 means driver and 車掌 means conductor. So, 運転手 would be any person at the controls/steering wheel of any vehicle, while 車掌 would be someone who "is in charge of a train ...
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What are the nuances between the use of 訊く instead of 聞く in the following sentence?

I know that 訊く is another way to write 聞く, so now I'm curious as to why the author of the book used it here instead of 聞く, which has been used for all previous instances in the book. こちらから訊くより先に、...
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Is there a term used for a new kanji that replaces an old one?

Is there a term used for a new kanji that replaces an old one? 國 and 国 are good examples.
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What does the 奈 in 神奈川県 mean?

What does the 奈 in 神奈川県 mean? I saw the term listed as what on Jisho. One person sent me the definition of an altar and others say that it has no meaning just a sound.
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Do Kanji have consistency in pronounciation like Chinese HanZi? [duplicate]

I learned to speak Mandarin a while ago and have understanding of Kanji thanks to that. However, I'm new to learning and im tripping up over this, till i wrap my mind around it. Do Kanji have several ...
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What does this Kanji mean in this historical book?

I was at a bookstore looking at some old books and saw the following weird Kanji between 表 and 主. What is its reading and what does it mean?
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Kanji etymology of 毎?

what does 母 have to do with 毎? is there any link at all or did it come together randomly? does it have to do with the Chinese pronunciation?
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hiragana/kanji and readings

The question 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 ...
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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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What is the term for two kanjis, that when written in the reverse order, have the same meaning?

What is the term for two kanjis, that when written in the reverse order, have the same meaning? For example, "northeast". I have seen this situation occasionally.
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Can an English video game be translated into Japanese without kanji?

I want to get my game translated from English to Japanese. Can it be done without the use of kanji (i.e. using only hiragana and katakana)? Kanji characters seem that they will be too small to be ...
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Help with Japanese for a tattoo - I swear there’s a good reason!

If anyone could help me make sure I don’t make a stupid white girl mistake and get the wrong thing tattooed on me that would be very appreciated! I had two cats who died very recently and I’d like to ...
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Expressing the act of drawing

Can the kanji for writing 「書き」be used to express that one is drawing something, like a picture「絵」. As in 絵は書きます read as えはかきます.
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Recognizing Japanese handwriting and translating [closed]

I have found an old Japanese note that I would very much like to translate. Background info: I found it in an old gaming console where you're supposed to scan barcodes (barcode is at the back of the ...
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Why is 一日 'tsuitachi'?

Why is it 'tsuitachi' if the pronounciation can only be ichi, hito, or hitotsu?
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Can 々 stand for a duplicated kanji with a different reading?

The title may not be so clear, here is what I mean: 々 is used to avoid repeating a kanji. In some cases, the two may not be pronounced the same because the first consonant of the second kanji is ...
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When are 止める, 停める and 留める read as とめる, やめる or とどめる?

When are 止める, 停める and 留める read as とめる or とどめる (and in the case of 止める, やめる)? I think 止めてください could be read as both やめてください and とめてください, which I think could maybe be translated as "cut it out" and "...
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Why is 日本 read as “nihon” but not “nitsuhon”?

If I want to say only 日本 in a sentence then each character is pronounced in its onyomi version isn't it? If this is an exception and one (or all) of the characters is not pronounced in onyomi version ...
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Does a kanji with only a kun'yomi reading indicate a Japanese origin? [closed]

Does a kanji with only a kun reading mean that it originated in Japan?
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Why censor this one kanji?

I was watching an old Saturday Night Live sketch from the 1970s, called Night of the Moonies, making fun of the Unification Church by putting them in the context of the movie Night of the Living Dead. ...
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Foreign names in Kanji. On'yomi, Kun'yomi or a mix of readings?

It is known that Japanese names often have multiple readings depending on what reading (on'yomi, kun'yomi, nanori ...) is applied to each kanji. But my question is about foreign names written in ...
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Are 变 and 変 the same?

Is there a difference between 变 and 変 or are they different versions of the same thing i.e. traditional/simplified?
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The kanji for suika and kabocha

I was able to translate as west melon and south melon. The melon part makes sense, but why were directions used? I saw the sui (water) kanji for watermelon, but it is no longer used.
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Reading kanjis Kunyomi or onyomi [duplicate]

I know use onyomi and kunyomi for kanjis but i confused for use other means of kanjis for example 日 this kanji means sun,day Kunyomi:ひ,び,か Onyomi:にち,じつ This example 昨日 means さくじつ why isn't use にち ...
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Can someone help me figure out what 考えを示しましたが is supposed to mean?

This entry is hard to find on the web. I've only found 2 entries: 1)【that以下】という考えを示す reveal one's idea that 2) 考えを示す to state one's opinion 立花氏は来週にもNHKに出向いて受信契約をする考えを示しましたが、「契約する義務はあるが、支払いは義務ではない」...
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Any help recognising a handwritten kanji?

I've recently gotten into translating fancomics for a manga, although I'm still a beginner at Japanese. Naturally, I don't really know my kanji and I have to rely on a lot of looking up radical and ...
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Japanese don't learn kanji meaning only readings? Does it make sense for a kanji to have a key meaning to identify it?

As I understand it works like this. By the time Japanese kids enter first grade they have more or less decent vocabulary of words they know. So when kanjis are taught I can't even imagine how to tell ...
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On-/Kun-yomi & Hiragana/Katakana

fellow Japanese lovers! I've been studying Japanese on my own for a few months, and have reached the point where I have a question that I can't find decisively asked or answered anywhere. I'm hoping ...
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What is this kanji on a Meiji era 2-sen coin?

I saw this picture of a Meiji era 2-sen coin in the 2013 game Tomb Raider: Front: Back: The front is easily readable, and explained by the caption: [大日本]{だいにっぽん} [明治]{めいじ}[六年]{ろくねん} 2SEN The back ...
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What does おめでとう煜ございます mean?

At first I thought it was a typo, but inserting the character 煜 into birthday wishes or the like seems to be common, e.g. おめでとう煜ございます おめでとうございます煜 おめでとう煜ございます煜 I have several problems: What ...
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Up-to-date list of Kyōiku kanji?

According to Wikipedia, the kyōiku kanji covers 1,006 characters. There's also a reference link to the Ministry of Education - Japan that seems to confirm this number. However, I recently picked up ...
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Reading per kanji / irregular readings

My question essentially boils down to the following: Is it always possible to assign a (regular / irregular) reading to a single kanji within some word? It is related to this post: Kanji that don'...
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I need help finding this kanji [closed]

It looks something like this, but I can't seem to find it anywhere.