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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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Meaning of 水洗式 other than flush toilet

In an article about penetrant testing (浸透探傷検査) I found the following sentence: 浸透液は水洗式でハケ塗りとし,極力溶接部以外に浸透液が付着しないようにすること. In this kind of test, a penetrant liquid is used on a surface (in this case ...
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さえなっている even becoming [closed]

I am having difficulty figuring out the meaning of this sentence. This is from a Pokémon commercial which is 30 seconds long. I am posting the full transcript and a translation I received just for ...
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What are these Japanese characters which look like an 'S' and a small 'n'?

What are these Japanese characters? looks like 'n' looks like 'S' I have seen these characters in plenty of untranslated manga, but I haven't been able to find those two letters anywhere. Does ...
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Is there a common etymology for the kanji 巳 and 己 and 已?

The three characters 巳 and 己 and 已 are visually very similar, but do they have a common etymology or any overlap in terms of semantic content? Any information would be appreciated.
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Why do so many kanji for body parts have the radical 「月」? [duplicate]

What is the etymological reason for words like 胸, 肘, 腹, 腕, and 脚 to have 月? Is it phonetic at all or does it contribute meaning?
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How do you say lychee? Does it have a kanji as well? [closed]

I can’t seem to find any information on it other than “ライチ” but I only found that from one website.:/
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What is the 中 in ダウンロード中?

I was downloading an update for a phone game I set in Japanese and on the screen it said 「ダウンロード中」and I don’t understand the use of 中. Middle? In the middle of downloading?
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Are there any words which use 'カ', the on-yomi of 何?

I started finally learning kanji's readings not only meanings and words. And in two sources I use I see that 何's kun'yomi is なん、なに and on' is カ. I've seen 何 in many words as なん: 何度、何と、何で なに: 何人、何か ...
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How many Joyo (and perhaps Jinmeiyo) Kanji have only one onyomi?

I feel this is really beneficial to have a list for in my studies. The reason is if I see an unknown word that I'm reasonably sure has onyomi readings, if the kanji in question have only one possible ...
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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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Meaning of けらている

From a song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5T-L0b43no Bolded parts are what I'm struggling with with. あたしは目を瞑って静かに座っているのに なぜかのけらているようなそんな浮遊感だ It looks like 浮遊感 means "floating/drifting ...
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Is it acceptable to learn just one pronunciation for each kanji? [closed]

I just want to learn one pronunciation for each kanji because I want to write them with the keyboard. Or do I have to learn all the pronounciation for the kanji?
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How to say “Developer” In Japanese?

I want to know how to say Developer in Japanese. By Developer, Specifically a web Developer, Programmer or Coder. When I googled it initially, I got: デベロッパー And then I found a Kanji: 開発者 I ...
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Is there a specific reading for 常訓 and 常音?

Is there a specific reading for 常訓 and 常音? I see this in an electronic dictionary to indicate on'yomi and kun'yomi reading of kanjis. What I struggle to find is the meaning of the combination of both ...
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How to describe switching individual 漢字? [duplicate]

Apologies if this question title is vague but, is there a word in Japanese that describes a new word which is formed by switching the 漢字 around? e.g 例文 -> 文例 運命 -> 命運 合併 -> 併合 How do ...
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着 vs 衣 to refer to gi?

When would I use 着(ki) as opposed to 衣 (i) to refer to a karate gi (空手着 or 空手衣)? As I understand it, 着 refers to something you wear, literally being used as a noun for "suit of clothes" and being ...
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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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An uncommon variant of 写

I ran into the sentence below. The meaning is clear and when copying and pasting the kanji I get: 写. I wonder how common such a form of the kanji is. Is it just a different font?
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Why are some names pronounced differently from their on-yomi and kun-yomi?

I'm learning how Japanese names work for a story I'm writing and creating names is one of the most fun things I've done in some time. However, it comes with a share of frustrations. One for me is that ...
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Help identifying a handwritten character [closed]

I've had trouble identifying this certain character: I find it pretty difficult to discern the individual strokes and components. Is it uncommon or are my eyes just bad? EDIT: The sentence goes 合同⭕...
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Morning, Afternoon, Night Kanji

Learning the time of day I found that 朝 or あさ means morning, 昼 or ひる means afternoon, and 晚 I expected to be night but Google translate is saying it's moth for some reason. Does this 晚 only mean night ...
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Having Trouble Identifying This Character (or Characters?) [closed]

I've been staring at this part of a section I'm trying to read, and it's the latter part that has me thoroughly stumped: While I can suss out the first two characters (pretty sure it's "倒壊"), I can't ...
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How to read the names 勲 and 房子 [closed]

Do any of you know which names these 2 kanji are in rōmaji?
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Nuance differences between the kanji for ぐあい, 具合 and 工合

Usually I read ぐあい as 具合 but recently I was reading a some Japanese literature and the 工合 version of the kanji was used. For reference the literature: 脳味噌の中心にヒリヒリと焦げ付く位である。それでいて、あとから考えるとその興味の焦点と、...
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Unable to identify a semi-cursive? Kanji

A friend and I are studying and she showed me this book she couldn't tell what the kanji was after ヒト. We were able to decipher two out of 3 kanji 関わる and 見る (unless we're wrong do correct us). ...
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How difficult is the 万葉集 to read?

From my understanding, the 万葉集 is written in 万葉仮名 which uses a limited set of characters solely for their 音読み reading rather than for their semantic meaning. In light of this, I am curious how ...
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How obscure is the use of 令 in 令和?

I actually like the new 年号 kanji 令和, but I must admit I was surprised by the choice of 令. According to this article in the Japan Times, The new era name is composed of two Chinese characters — “...
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What will the new character ⿰令和 look like?

On the Wikipedia page for the Reiwa period there's a section: Implementation The Unicode Consortium has already reserved a code point (U+32FF) for a new glyph which will combine halfwidth ...
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Unknown Kanji on Mountain Rock

I've been studying Japanese for about 3 years, passed N1 last December (was not expecting that) and wanted to brush off one of the biggest questions I've ever had on Kanji (bugging me for about 2 of ...
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Is exact Kanji stroke length important?

Context: I am currently on a quest to learn how to hand write the 2000 most commonly used Kanji. This requires lots of memorization, so efficiency is important. I have come across Kanji that have ...
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Literary work using all (or most) of 常用漢字

In the last half a century or so, has anyone ever tried to write a literary text in Japanese that would cover all (or most) of 常用漢字? I'm looking for something along the lines of the Thousand ...
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How to read this sign and what it means?

A friend sent a picture he received from another friend of this framed parchment with some very flowery and old looking Japanese written on it asking me if I could read it and if I knew what it meant: ...
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A name for common words that use uncommon kanji?

I didn't see a duplicate for this in the similar questions, so here goes. Is there either a list of words like this, or a name for this type of word (made of two very rare/complex kanji, but the word ...
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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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What is the etymology of the kanji 寺?

This kanji has : - 止(phonetic) + 寸(hand : semantic) and the 止 part became 土 later But I found in some resources this interpretations which explain "止" function in the kanji so I wanna know which on ...
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What does 分 means in “国分寺”?

As i found in jisho dictionary here https://jisho.org/search/%23kanji%20寺 This word "国分寺" means "state-supported provincial temple" 国 means "state or region" and i understand why it is in the ...
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Question about kanji 分?

As we know this kanji means "divide / part / minute / understand" and many other meanings but these are the main meanings .. and I can understand the first two because they are related to the ...
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How does “ 一切” mean all/entire?

This word contains 一 "one" plus 切 "to cut" .. so how would this mean all/entire? ... I searched before coming here and found something https://kanjiportraits.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/the-kanji-...
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What is the etymology of the kanji 石?

Kanji "stone" contains (cliff 厂 + mouth 口).. my question is what is the idea of mixing mouth with cliff ... the cliff function here is clear because it's some thing related with stone.. but what is ...
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What is the etymology of the kanji 金?

Trying to look up the etymology of the kanji 金, every reference seems to give a different explanation. Let me ask about two references (Wiktionary and Hanziyuan) Wiktionary gives the following ...
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For the Kanji 校 is the fifth stroke connected to the sixth stroke?

Some websites online show the fifth stroke as a vertical line straight down connected to the sixth stroke, while others (and in Chinese) have it as a downward diagonal dash. Is there are difference ...
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How to know the real eytomolgy for any kanji? [closed]

When i ask on this site for the eytomolgy for any kanji .somebody comes (like user called droooze) and answer my question by explaining the eytomolgy and giving a pictures of the kanji in the seal ...
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What is the etymology of the kanji 食?

In the Wiktionary page for this kanji they said that it's a pictogram for someone's mouth over a bowl of rice on a stand .. the question is: are they meaning this was the actual way for eating in this ...
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What is the etymology of kanji 問?

This kanji "ask" when I researched on it I found that the 門 part is a phonetic and this common with kanjis contain 門 .. but i found this site which says that this part 門 in kanji 問 not a phonetic but ...
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Identical on and kun readings

死 is read either し or シ. What would be the difference compared to there being only one reading?
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What is the etymology of this kanji 厚?

In this wiktionary page https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/厚 the etymology for the kanji 厚 is not complete: they wrote that it's an ideogrammic compound but they didn't write the component functions. I ...
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Relationship between radicals, components, kanji and words

As a novice learner, I'm finding understanding the relationship between radicals, components, kanji and words difficult. For example, this post on tofugu.com says that: The kanji is 町, which means ...
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How to know all _kanji_ with certain radical?

Is there any official resource listing all Japanese kanji with a given radical? For example I want to know all kanji with the radical 亻. When I looked I found many sites, but each site has a ...
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How many distinct kanjis or words are there in a typical modern Japanese book?

By "typical modern book " I means: It's modern book and hardly use ancient languages or any topolects. It's something like a famous novel(not short story) or book with high reputation. It's a normal ...
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The kanji for “YOMI”: Word For “Reading the Mind of Your Opponent” [closed]

"Yomi" is a Japanese concept used by game theorists and high-level, fighting game players. I came across it in February 2019 in a novel and it is quite hard to find information about it online. All I ...