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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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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 (why ことし, きのう, きょう, あす?)

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:
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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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