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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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Which kanji is this? [closed]

I'd like to know the meaning of the kanji circled in the image (or, simply, what kanji it is). I was able to discern everything else, but because it's handwritten, it was difficult tell what it was.
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Is 空きました read as both すきました and あきました?

I just learned one way to say ''I'm hungry'' in Japanese. お腹が空きました Can this be read as both すきました and あきました ? If not then what is the difference here ?
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Don't know the meaning of these complex kanji [closed]

おはようございます! Seeking for help. Don't know the meaning of those kanji (big white, in the top right corner and in the lower right corner. Any help will be appreciated! Thank you in advance.
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Is いいです ever written as 良いです with kanji? [duplicate]

My dictionary shows that いい can be written using the kanji 良い. I haven't seen it done but can I write: いいです as 良いです いいですか as 良いですか いいですね as 良いですね If so then which form is more common and is there any ...
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For a tattoo, would 金繕 without い make sense? [closed]

Based on a couple of different life experiences, I want to get a tattoo of 金繕い, but I think it would look better with just the Kanji. Would just 金繕 make sense? Or would it look stupid/ignorant ...
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Can someone please help me figure out what this symbol means? [closed]

This is a tattoo a friend of mine got and he doesn't remember what it means. Please help and thanks in advance!!
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Can I use my Chinese name as my Japanese name version?

I'm a Chinese, and my name is 彭宏森. But I still confuse how to make it into a Japanese name version. So I was wondering how do I covert my name and how do I read it in Japanese. My Chinese name is ...
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Can I use the Chinese stroke order in Japan? [duplicate]

十 seems to unanimously start with the horizontal stroke. but according to wiktionary, 田 starts with the horizontal stroke in China, but the vertical stroke in Japan. How annoying! Different stroke ...
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Does anybody know anything about astrology to figure out what 優先度 has to do with the following sentence?

https://cocoloni.jp/fortune/1362383/ 英国占星術で占う「あの人の今、あなたに対する優先度」【無料占い】 I think its trying to ask, "How important is this persons whereabouts in regards to your priority" or "His priority ...
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晟, how is this kanji used?

晟. Is this kanji used in compounds? I saw it in the dictionary but there isn’t much info on it except that it is an old JLPT 1 kanji, means “clear”, and has kun reading “akiraka”. Is this a common ...
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What does the 匂 in 匂い mean?

匂い (におい) refers to a fragrance, or something that is nice-smelling. As far as I know, this kanji is only used for this word in Japanese. I notice that the character 匂 is uncommon. The usage of 匂 is ...
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How do you pronounce 電報船? Is is でんぽうふね、でんぽうぶね or でんぽうせん?

I recently started to read 'Made in Abyss' and unfortunately is doesn't contain any furigana, which sometimes makes it hard for me to understand. So I came across the word 電報船, which refers to a mail ...
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Best online kanji dictionary/software which shows the stroke order and names the strokes? [migrated]

There are plenty of dictionaries that show the stroke order of kanji but don't go into detail on the kind of stroke. Just to confirm what I mean by ''kind of stroke''. The kanji for mouth is 口. It is ...
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What's this kanji in the sentence?

I thought as far as 今夜は?サベ But sabe doesn't seem like a thing?
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What is the semantic contribution of 献 to 文献?

Whenever I see 献, I am reminded of 貢献、献金、献立, which implies a meaning of "offering." I checked 文献 and it was defined as "literature, documents." It seems to me that among the 熟語 with 献, this is the odd ...
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Why does the kanji for coffee have a king 王 radical?

The Chinese character for coffee is 咖啡 while the Japanese kanji is 珈琲. The mouth 口 radical seems more appropriate than the king 王 / jade 玉 radical. Most kanji come from Chinese characters and are ...
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What difference in meaning does 本/実 give in words like 本物 and 実物?

They both mean "real/actual thing" (as opposed to some imitation), right? Breaking apart these kanji compounds, it is apparent that 本 and 実 give the meaning of "real." How are these two "reals" ...
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What does 戯んでいた mean?

I'm a little confused, I was reading a book an this turned up; at first I thought it would be a verb ending in ぶ or む, but it turns out it's not really a verb, I guess it's a noun. I found out that ...
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What is the semantic contribution of 配 in 配慮? Or in general, what is 配 really?

I encountered 配慮 in my word list. Understanding how 慮 contributes to its meaning (which is "consideration") is not very difficult to grasp considering that 遠慮 occurs commonly in daily life. But when I ...
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Help me identify this kanji on my knife box

For context, it's a nakiri made by artist 藤原兼房. The blade is a 50/50 grind, so it's not left or right handed. I can read every character except the third one down on the left. Reading from the ...
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Why こころ is read as ごころ? [duplicate]

What's the difference between the Kanji 心(kokoro) and the kanji inserted after another kanji like in 乙女心 (otomegokoro)? Why the kanji in the first example is read as kokoro and in the another exemple ...
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How did Ukraine get its own kanji?

I just learned that Ukraine can be written as 烏克蘭, rather than the typical katakana ウクライナ. Why was this country important enough in japanese politics or culture to get kanji?
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Proper reading of 面

I was looking for sample sentences for 面(おもて) when I saw these sentences in my dictionary. 決める前にこの問題を、あらゆる面(おもて)から考えてみよう。 Let's consider the problem in all its bearings before making a decision. 倫理の面(...
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What's the difference between 災い and 禍

I check trending words in Weblio every so often, and I always see コロナ禍. I checked the reading of the relatively rare kanji and it said わざわい which reminded me of 災い (which I believe was the kanji of ...
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Can 気 be used for advice?

I’m reading an article about the corona virus. They’re giving instructions to follow in order to prevent reappearance of the virus. 緊急事態宣言が終わっても、新しいコロナウイルスはなくなっていないので、気をつけなければなりません。 毎日の生活では、...
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Difference between 守る and 護る [duplicate]

Both 守 and 護 mean "to protect" or "to safeguard", but are there any differences between them?
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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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is writing sentences in full kana instead of having a kanji acceptable? [duplicate]

There are some sentences where there are so many kanji present and it is difficult to read at all specially if you're just a beginner. So, is writing sentences in full kana instead of having a kanji ...
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なく after a verb, what are the uses?

夕暮れで 二人 少しずつ見えなくなっていって In this case I suppose it 見えなく(invisible) + 成っていって(becoming). But in this case below how would it work? サヨナラ 会えなくなったって 僕らは続きがあるから
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Question about original meaning of primitives in Heisig method

Hello I'm currently learning Kanjis ( well I had already JPLT N4 level but I want to speed up my learning ) so I decided to learn meaning and writing of Kanjis through Heisig Method. I'm learning the ...
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When is “顔” かお or がお? [duplicate]

I've recently read about the slang that came from Kansai-ben, "どや顔" (doyagao) and realized that 顔 was spelt as "がお" instead of "かお". This is my first time seeing this so I was wondering what caused ...
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How to do the stroke for “bowl”? [closed]

When writing the Kanji 丼 (bowl), do I start with the horizontal lines first or the vertical lines?
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What is the phonetic component of 斜?

Again, during my kanji reviews, I encountered 斜. Remembering its kunyomi is not difficult because it's the most common word associated with this kanji (at least based on my reviews); its onyomi, ...
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Is there one 点 or two in the kanji for まで, viz. 迄? [duplicate]

Is there one 点 or two in the kanji for まで, viz. 迄 ? Some dictionaries show it with one and some show it with two. The Chinese character only has one and I don't think I've ever seen a Chinese ...
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The thing in the left of 印

Kanji are made of radicals, right? But that "E" looking thing in the left of 印 doesn't seem to be a radical, for I looked at many radical databases and didn't find anything like that. Is that a ...
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私のうち Usage & Meaning

Here is a quote taken from the Genki 1 textbook, it is one of the expression notes (page 141): 遊ぶ means "to play," "to spend time pleasantly" or "to pay a social call." 私のうちに遊びに来てください。 Please ...
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Does this mean anything? 私たちはしておりません

This is an interview with Hiroshi Yamauchi. I can never understand even 1 sentence he says in any interviews he ever does. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcrvjSjWmPM&t=0m56s 32ビットを意識して、...
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Interpretation of この人の家族『は』一体どんな気持ち『で』100万円出したんだ…?

I would like to know if my analysis and interpretation is accurate or not. この人の家族『は』一体どんな気持ち『で』100万円出したんだ...? Source Interpretation この this → 人(person)の(possessive marker)家族(family)『は』(topic marker)...
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Meaning of Mako variant Kanji from Final Fantasy 7

What does 魔晄 really mean and how is it read? The FF VII Wiki lists Mako (Kanji is 魔晄) as meaning "magic light". I am assuming the furigana for this Kanji is 魔{ま}晄{こう} based on the English word Mako. ...
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In a song, if somebody wanted to say to their deceased mom, “We loved you so much.” what form of love would you use?

Would I use "Aishita" or something else? The child is a 16 year old.
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In the song title「ハレ晴レユカイ」(Hare Hare Yukai), why is the second ハ written as a kanji but not the first? [duplicate]

This song title is translated as Sunny Sunny Happiness in English, so it seems that both "hare" are supposed to have the same meaning, and yet they're not written in the same way. Is this a play on ...
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Meaning of 落着き先?

I'm a newish Japanese learner. I've been reading and translating short Japanese comics and videos to help familiarize myself with new kanji and word-play and whatnot. However, I've been stuck for a ...
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What does Kenneth Henshall mean by “X is used phonetically to express Y”?

Henshall seems to have a quite specific idea about how many phonetic elements end up in characters, which diverges from explanations I find online, but I'm not sure I'm reading him correctly. ...
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Difference between these sentences [closed]

このお酒飲んでみて この酒を飲んで見て I’m not sure if the second one is even grammatical. I need some help making out the meaning of the two. Edit: I think both sentences mean please drink this sake but they are ...
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Which is the kanji for “light”?

I know the kanjis 明 and 光, which both have (I guess) the idea of light. Is there any difference between them? And what is the kanji for "normal" light, as the light of the sun or the light emitted ...
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Difficulty reading Kanji that is handwritten, any suggestions? [closed]

As I have continued to learn Japanese scripts, I have noticed that I have difficulty with reading Kanji that is a more quick freehand format. I usually figure it out through context, but I was ...
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What is the difference between 旦, 夕 and 汐?

I'm struggling to get the difference between 旦, 夕 and 汐 - to me them all signifies "evening". Is that so? Do they mean the same thing? I'm not a native speaker of english, so please give me a clear ...
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Usage of other word forms

In this sentence: 陽あたり良好 Jisho.org states that "陽" is another form for "日" and that when it signifies "day", it's implied to have the same meaning. With this example, I've only ever learned of "日" ...
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Can Japanese be written without any kana (kanji only)?

I always assumed that Japanese uses a minimum amount of hiragana until I opened this Life and Death Dictionary (Game of Go) and everything is in kanji. Are there kanji for the particles (は が で に も etc....
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Is 「何に」 read 「なにに」or 「なんに」?

As far as I can tell, this same question has been asked before here. However, I am asking it nonetheless because I've noticed that the Genki textbook uses both readings and I find the inconsistency ...

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