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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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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 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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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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Why is 未来 read as あした?

The slogan of the 2020 Olympics in Japan is 未来{あした} をつかもう (Discover tomorrow) Why is it read as あした? I did not find a standardised dictionary with that reading, however I found あす as a reading in ...
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Do I need to learn kanji to speak/write japanese?

I'm learning Japanese but do I have to learn kanji, because I don't want to learn 50,000 letters.
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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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Does the construct: [verb]+るっちゃ[verb]るけど, make any sense grammatically?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2QAVNPdJso&t=2m39s 2年間ぐらい全然漢字使ってなくて、今なんか書こうと思えば、ま、ちょっと難しい。読めるっちゃ読めるけど... I haven't used kanji at all for about two years, and if I want to write something now, it's ...
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Is it possible to tell whether a word is kanji or hiragana without reading it?

Is it possible to tell whether a word would be written in kanji or if it would be written in hiragana without actually reading it, like it is reasonably easy to tell if a word is likely to be written ...
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What is the correct reading of 火防女?

I was playing around in the Japanese version of Dark Souls, and i came across the word 火防女 , which in english they translated as "Firekeeper". I have not been studying japanese for long, but ...
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Does Japanese have characters in small size and in capital size?

In English it's normal for the sentence to start with a capital letter. In German also. Additionally, there are classes of words that are written in German with an initial capital letter. How is it in ...
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Kanji after gairaigo pronunciation [duplicate]

For instance, in "アカウントにサインイン中です。" How is "中" pronounced? At a purely mental level, I've always maintained the idea that how you read is up to you, which seems to be backed by ...
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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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Are there other examples of simplification like 稽→𥡴?

The adoption of almost 200 additional characters to the list of joyo kanji in 2010 introduced some discrepancies of simplifying certain radicals. According to an official supplement to the list(p.36-...
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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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Do all Japanese words that can be written with kanji have two ways of pronouncing them?

Since there are On and Kun readings for kanji, does it mean that every word that can be written with kanji has two ways of pronouncing it?
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Rules to leave spaces between words when using kanji and kana

I'm trying to understand when I should leave blanks (spaces) between Japanese words when using either kana or kanji. My understanding is that blanks should be left when otherwise the text is confusing....
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Kanji that represent “Death before Dishonor” meaning

There's a saying in English "Death before Dishonor" Which means : To die before dishonoring what ever holds great value/ You will die before going against anything that you believe in or die before ...
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What is the difference between 訪ねる and 訪問する?

I know the difference between 訪ねる and 訪れる, but I don't understand when 訪問する is used.
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contradictory evidence for 何に as (1) なんに and (2) なにに

is 何に pronounced (1) なんに or (2) なにに here: お飲み物は何になさいますか。? (1) www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU-hnuSM098 @0:20 provides evidence (NB: despite the possibly incorrect ローマ字 (roumaji) found there and in the &...
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Does anyone know if this is supposed to be some kind of expression これが憎めないんだなぁ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY3w8m7zZfs&t=2m5s スリッピーはちょっと気が弱いが、これが憎めないんだなぁ。 Slippy is a bit faint of heart, ... 憎む 【にくむ】 to hate; to detest
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How important are these weirdly written kanji? [closed]

I don't know what kind of font this is which is why I had so much trouble searching for an answer online. Is this how Japanese people usually write Kanji? If so, how can I re-learn Kanjis with this ...
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Is this a pun? (稀/希)

I'm reading a manga in which a character says, 「って稀!」 in response to another character doing something unusual. I understand that 稀 can be translated as "rare," "unusual," etc. ...
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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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