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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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ほうをかす lend a hou [closed]

I was watching another 45 second video, same theme as the last one about 'Illegal uploads', but ran into some trouble with the above. I will post the entire subtitles for context purposes. 違法だよ!あげるくん ...
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Is there any rule for hiraganas after the kanji in a verb

The hiraganas go after the kanji in a verb are so confusing. I know there's always an U character, like 行く, 話す ... but sometimes i see there are 2 characters after the kanji, like 終わる. My question is ...
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Why does 生 change pronunciation. e.g. 生 = nama but 生きて= ikite [duplicate]

I am currently teaching myself japanese and I was listening to a japanese song and one of the words in that song was 生きて and as I am learning, I wanted to see what the first letter meant (or radical, ...
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Is reasonable to assume that the 食 in 月食/日食 can be interpreted as the sun/moon being “eaten” during an eclipse?

So I'm quite new to Japanese, and I'm having a blast being able to understand some basic compound words based on individual kanji, and in some cases the process is quite straightforward. However, I ...
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Use of Kanji characters

Why are Kanji characters used along with Hirangana script characters for a word? For example: 飲みますwhich is spelled as nomimasu (correct me if I'm wrong) uses a kanji character. Why can't の be used ...
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Why don't the characters used for Japanese Kanji have the same meaning as those used in Chinese? (Chinese-Japanese false friends)

There are many words in French that are spelled identically to or very similarly to English words but the meanings are not the same. These words are called faux-amis (false friends) because they trick ...
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What is written on my mug? [closed]

I was able to identify 弐 (alternative form of 二 used on legal documents, according to Jisho.org), but I still can't identify the others, in order to know what is written there Full-size
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How to determine the meaning of a Kanji?

I just finished studying Heisig's "Remembering the Kanji". I would often look up Kanji in order to figure out their meaning when the English keyword was ambiguous. To my surprise, many of the keywords ...
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Is the reading 腹【なか】 neither an on-yomi nor a kun-yomi?

currently trying hard to refresh my Kanji skills and stumbled over お腹 == おなか To my surprise none of the Kanji dictionaries list the reading なか for this Kanji. Only フク and はら. Is there a third ...
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Partial ひらがな sentences

I was watching a news broadcast on YouTube and when it moved over to the weather report, I noticed that 「今日の天気」was actually written as 「きょうの天気」. Also 「明日の天気」was also written as 「あすの天気」. It wasn't just ...
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What's the origin of the title 親王?

As far as I know, prior to the adoption of the title "Emperor" in ancient China by Shihuangdi (who claimed to be the first 皇帝 (huangdi), from the titles of 8 ancient godly beings), 王 was the sole ...
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Determine the correct reading of a word made up from kanjis

Supposed I know some kanjis and their reading, and come across a word I don't know yet that's made up from these kanjis, how do I determine the correct reading? Example: 大好き - daisuki 大きい - ookii ...
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Has anyone come across the word 畸端?

I've started reading my first Japanese book and the word 畸端検査官 keeps popping up. I know 検査官 means inspector, but I can't find a reference anywhere to 畸端. Can anyone help?
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Variants of kanji radicals indicating Joyo vs Non-Joyo [duplicate]

I noticed that there is a variant of the 之繞 radical ⻌ which occurs in some words but not others. The variant is 辶 (with an extra stroke). It appears in words like 逢う and 槌. It turns out that Non-Joyo ...
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A Question while reading mangas

I love to read manga, and I am always confused when a character uses a spell, and a T/N is written somewhere stating the literal meaning. Example is when Mad Hatter (From Gaitou Alice) uses a spell, ...
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Help identifying a Kanji character from image

I've been struggling to identify this Kanji for 30 minutes now. Tried looking up radicals, stroke order, etc. but can't figure it out. More context: