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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 small kanji part that is usually placed on the left of a japanese calligraphy (shodō) work?

There is generally small kanji on a japanese calligraphy (shodo) work. Sometimes they are written above an inkan or inkan. What are these for? What types of information is written like this ...
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Would it be okay to create Gijinkas of the Japanese Kanji? [closed]

I know this isn't specifically a question about the Japanese language, and I apologize if I'm taking poor advantage of this website, but I really want an answer to this question. Would there be ...
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Pentel Fude brush pen with extra fine tip [migrated]

I was looking around and found people suggesting that pentel fude is the best brush pen to practice kanji and calligraphy. I ordered this extra fine one but then I found videos where they use medium ...
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How do you say and write “multiple people” in Japanese? [closed]

I’m writing a story and I want to have a name that means “multiple people.” I’d prefer if it was in kanji’s.
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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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History of 十干(じっかん)and modern uses

As I was studying vocabulary today, I happened to come across the titular 十干 which are as follows: [甲]{こう} • [乙]{おつ} • [丙]{へい} • [丁]{てい} • [戊]{ぼ} • [己]{き} • [庚]{こう} • [辛]{しん} • [壬]{じん} • [癸]{き} ...
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Different ways of enumeration

Japanese seems to have multiple ways of enumerating sequences. The basic one is ordinal numbers: Arabic (Indian) numbers like in English: 1,2,3 classic Chinese numbers: 一、二、三 etc. special legal ...
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Why is 噌 a Jinmeiyō kanji despite being used in 味噌?

Jisho.org lists 噌 as a Jinmeiyō kanji. By my understanding this means that the Kanji is permitted to be used for names, but is not considered commonly used for normal words. But the word 味噌 (Miso) is ...
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うるさい written as 五月蝿い

This is a follow-up question to Does うるさい have a "negative" connotation. I've seen うるさい written as 五月蝿い. 現代では、is this form used often / at all? What does this have to do with flies (蝿【はえ】) ...
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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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Is there a rule to writing verbs in hiragana or kanji when used as a suffix? [duplicate]

A common pattern I've noticed is for verbs like 行く and 来る after the て form of another verb. I know this is grammatically simply verb listing, but in terms of meaning the verbs often times sort of ...
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Looking for the History of the Kanji 湯

I was wondering if anyone knows the etymology of this kanji 湯. I'm specifically looking for the Japanese variation of Bath or "yu". My wife's last name in kanji is 湯上 (Yugami).
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Seeking a japanese native sounding name from chinese name 陳翔榮(陈翔荣)(Chén Xíangróng)

Can you change my chinese name 陳翔榮(陈翔荣)(Chén Xíangróng) to a japanese name sounding like a native japanese? Many people said it would be Chin Shōei by using a method to read chinese word. I prefer to ...
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Can the phrase にまた_が戻ってくるんだ have multiple meanings?

This is script from a game where 2 characters are talking to each other. One says: 「賞金が出たら馬を買おう セボック村にまた馬が戻ってくるんだ 徴集兵のバイトなんかオサラバだぜ Here is the NTSC-U version: With a reward, I'll get a horse and ...
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How do I convert my Chinese name into Japanese and furigana?

My Chinese name is 葉志軒 and I tried a lot of ways to convert it but it seems impossible. Can anyone help me?
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Help identifying a low resolution kanji

I am making captions in Japanese for a song. I have a kanji that I can't identify because of the low resolution and writing, could you help? The kanji: The context: The most resembling one that I ...
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Analysis of kanji for ''sayounara'' [duplicate]

The kanji for ''sayounara'' is 左様なら I'm curious about the kanji 左 which means ''left'' as in ''your left hand''. What is it doing here ? My understanding is that 左様 means ''this way'' or ''like this'' ...
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Why do the readings change?

Forgive my title as I don’t really have a good one at the top of my head. I’ve always been into word play when it comes to naming characters, but when it comes to Japanese it’s kinda difficult for me. ...
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Font issue in browsers [migrated]

The japanese font changed recently in my browsers. I think the font currently being used is BIZ UD Gothic and I really don't like the way the text is being rendered. I think this happened after I ...
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Is there a some general rule when to write 物/もの in kanji or hiragana?

So far my perception had been that you write もの when it is used for grammatical purposes, and 物 when an actual object is meant, but I've encountered many situation where even in the second case it is ...
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My name is Midori, but I have never known the Kanji

My parents are not Japanese but they named my sister and me with Japanese names for the meanings they had: Mariko - Child of Truth Midori - Youthful Immortal. With these definitions as guidance, can ...
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Kanji for Midori [duplicate]

Please, if someone could help me... My grandfather was japanese, and he named me as Midori, since I was the youngest of 4 girls, he said that the meaning of Midori was little flower sprout, since I ...
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Kanji for „Pro“? [closed]

What would be the Kanji for „Pro“ (Professional or athlete), in a context like Pro-gamer.
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Is there a kanji term for “-san” when used to address someone?

All other titles, used when addressing someone, have a kanji character. Was/Is there a kanji term for -san?
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When is 笛 read as もにか?

I read that 笛 can be interpreted as もにか, I was wondering if that's only used for names and if that reading is common/would be understood? Or is it more of a "kirakira" name? Thank you for ...
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How would my Chinese name be translated into Japanese? [duplicate]

My name in chinese is 金辰 (pronounced Jin Chen in mandarin),would I be able to use it properly in Japanese? I know a lot of Chinese names don't work at all, but I'm pretty sure the kanji for mine ...
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What's the leg doing in 足りる and 足す?

I know this isn't important, but I am curious about the connection between 足りる (be sufficient), 足す (add) and 足 (leg). Is there any meaning to the common kanji usage? I can see the connection between ...
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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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Possible meanings of 校 - exam?

Jisho gives "exam" as one of the possible meanings of 校, but I was not able to find any words with this kanji which has a meaning related to "exam". Is there any? My interest in ...
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Deciphering a kanji from a mug

Oh dear. I know much this site hates these sorts of things. Sigh. Here I go. OK. I have a mug which a friend gave to me many long years ago. They weren't Japanese; they just thought it was a ...
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How to choose the right kanji from several choices?

I do know that there are many questions like that all over the web and some on japanese.stackexchange as well. Nevertheless, as far as I can remember I could not find any that explained how to choose ...
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Because I cannot find the root verb in any dictionary, what does をしめて回った mean in this sentence?

This is from a Manga, or so I heard. 中学時代に地元の学校をしめて回ったマキちゃん。 Maki-chan squeezed around a/some local school in the era/period during junior high school.
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How would I write my name in kanji? [closed]

My name’s Ryan. I’ve been studying Japanese for a while now, and just for fun I’d like to know what my name would be in Kanji. 来安? 雷杏? Asking a native.
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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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Radicals - components outside the 214 Kangxi (but in Joyo list)

I've been reading many questions here about radicals, and it seems there is some confusion over them. My question is: Apart from the 214 radicals of Kangxi, what are the other components/elements/...
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How to know the meaning/usage of 一

Well I'm a begginer, how do I know if 一 means ichi/itsu or its used for lengthening the word?? in tenkaichi(dragon ball) ichiraku ramen(naruto) the 一 is used there because it means best or one I'm ...
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What is the first Kanji in this image?

~口先生 Nothing comes to mind when I look at the first Kanji. I searched for Surnames with 口 in them but nothing seems to match. Here are all the surnames matching ~口
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Which radical name should I study for the kanken?

I love learning kanji, so I thought about taking the kanken (probably level 6). So I started to look for information here and there, and it seems I'll have to learn radical names. I'm totally fine ...
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Kanji or hiragana? 駄目です vs だめです [duplicate]

Which is the correct or more common way of writing 駄目です or だめです? My text book says it means "it's is not possible".
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How do you say when you learned from something?

If I want to say that I learned from something, Can I use like this? For example: この小説を読むと、いろいろなことわざを学びました。 Or there are other Kanji that I can use? Thank you for any help!
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Can I use my Chinese name as my Japanese name?

Im Chinese and my name is 陈依仁 (Chén Yī Rén). Can I use this as my Japanese name, and if so how do I read it in Japanese? Or would it be better to use the Katakana version of my English name which is ...
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Meaning of 白分 in Whatsapp [closed]

I set my phone's language into Japanese to make me more exposed to the Japanese language. Therefore, many apps also turned into Japanese, following the system's language. I have searched for a lot of ...
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Are there kanijis in もういちどあねがいします

Are there usually any kanjis written in following the sentence もういちどあねがいします - Please once again My textbook only rarely uses any kanjis and I was wondering how this sentence would really/usually be ...
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What's the difference between 学部 and 学科?

In the Kanji textbook I've been studying from, I've seen compounds like 社会学部 or 物理学科 and both are then translated as 'the department/faculty of ~'. Is there any difference between 部 and 科 in this ...
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先生 character etymology

先 looks like a teacher holding a pen, and 生 looks like a person sitting cross-legged with a pen, learning. maybe the symbols together mean someone who instructs someone else. Was this originally a ...
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「弱者」vs「若者」Any rules to use On-reading or Kun-reading

I'm extremely confused about whether there are any rules to use On-reading or Kun-reading for kanji words. A good example is 「弱者」vs「若者」. The former one is On-reading 「じゃくしゃ」, while the latter one is ...
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How do I know when kana are included in the kanji or inflected?

What is the reading from this brief line from Final Fantasy 5? ばっつ! 立てっ! Bartz! Standup! Is the kanji read ta? That would make it たてっ, or is the kanji read tachi? How would I know to drop the ち if I ...
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Confusing interchangeability of 汝 and 己

In most cases, 汝 is the formal/archaic second person pronoun, "you/thou", and 己 is a humble and archaic first-person pronoun or a way to refer to oneself. However, confusingly, in many ...
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Can not find this kanji online [closed]

この漢字は読めない I guess I also just need to add more words to post this question. Please help if you can read the kanji, and thank you.

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