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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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Use hiragana for name that I only know in romaji [duplicate]

Suppose I have seen the name of a Japanese person only in romaji because all communications has been in English so far. When I want to address this person in Japanese, is it okay to write their name ...
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numbers in Kanji

I'm trying to develop an API to normalize Japanese numbers into arabic numbers. Since I'm not familiar with Japanese numbers, there are three questions for which I did not find an answer: How do we ...
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What is this kanji? Refer to picture [closed]

Refer to picture. I am unable to recognise this kanji. A link to jisho would be helpful. Thanks.
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Why 一番星 read as Ichibanboshi instead of Ichibanhoshi?

Why do they read as Ichibanboshi? Isn't the Kunyomi of 星 is hoshi? Moreover, why do 星 is read with Kunyomi? Isn't supposed to be read with it's Onyomi considering that 一番星 is a bunch of kanji without ...
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does 戋 have any meaning of its own?

I see 戋 as part of several kanjis like in this table segments . I looked for its meaning in tables and dictionaries and I couldnt find anything. Does 戋 have a meaning of its own?
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What does this kanji mean?

What does this kanji mean? Is there more than one meaning, more than one interpretation?
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Does this symbol 术 has any meaning of its own?

This symbol 术 is part of several kanjis. Does it have a meaning of its own? I looked for it in kanji lists and a japanese dictionary and it doesnt list any meaning
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Use of kanji when writing 言う

I've been reading more novels in Japanese recently (かもめ食堂: recommended!), and have noticed that it's unusual for 言う to be written in kanji. Not just in set phrases like という and とはいえ but in ...
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What is the use case difference between 去る and 残す?

In the process of learning certain kanji, I found that 去る and 残す both translate to the English word "leave." I know that 出る is used for the common "leave a place"/"exit" usage, like, 「五分前家を出ていました」. I ...
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is this symbol 𤋱 a kanji?

I see 𤋱 as part of more than one kanji. I looked for its meaning in tables and dictionaries and I couldnt find anything. Does this symbol 𤋱 have a meaning of its own?
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Kanji with unique on'yomi

The question is very simple: how many kanji there are that have a 'unique' ON-reading, not shared by any other kanji? Or, as it is probably a too general question given the variety of kanji: how many ...
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M5強 meaning of 強

what does it stand for that 強? M5 is standing for magnitude 5, and 強 could mean "a less more than"? 周辺ではその後も、M5強の地震が続いた。
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How would you write/pronounce the Japanese version of the following Chinese name?

This is the name: 陳威穎 (Chen Wei-Ying). I've always been curious about this topic because Japanese names are written in Kanji. However, they usually have 4 characters. So I wonder how would that ...
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How to say “here and now”, I mean being present in this very moment.

It is connected with buddhism, much is told about living here and now, so I guess there must be some kanji or a special phrase for describing that. Would really appreciate your help!!!
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How to differentiate kanji compounds from regular kanji

For example, how do I know when 日本 is talking about Japan and when it's talking about a book about the sun. I'm very early into learning kanji so I apologize if this is a dumb question.
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Why does Duolingo say that 中 is pronounced “naka” but spelled ちゅう?

I am currently doing the beta course for Japaneses on duolingo. In one of the lessons, I was confronted with this question which I kept getting wrong: When I play the sound, the voice clearly says "...
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What is this tiny kanji?

I have found this kanji in a PC novel It is so small that I tried to draw it The context is the following: "(Kanji)廃棄物処理場 区の(Kanji)廃棄物処理場 So it's related to "garbage process", but is also ...
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What is the kanji for the word ずれる?

ずれる - 1) slip out of place, get out of position, shift, slide 2)"get out of touch with" or "off" when used of a person I got curious about what the kanji of the word ずれる is because computers and ...
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“Are you awake”: better [目]{め}を[覚]{さ}まして or 起きてますか?

I have a simple question: If I want to say "Are you awake?" is it better to translate it as [目]{め}を[覚]{さ}まして or 起きてますか? It has to be intended as Hey, you're walking... but are you really awake? ...
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Can’t identify the kanij in 人の上には〇てぬぞ

I was reading, and one line came up as 人の上には〇てぬぞ and for the life of me, I can't figure out what the sixth character is supposed to be. Because of font, I thought it might be a way of writing 之 , ...
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How to translate in katakana この正確な瞬間に私 - が生きている?

I have this two sentences: この正確な瞬間に Right in this moment 私が生きている I'm alive And I have to simplify this three kanji 確 瞬 間. I've already opened a question for it and they kindly explained to me that ...
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この正角な时间に : “right” can be intended as “right now” or is it just “correct”?

I have this sentence (down below) that should mean "In this right moment" but I'd like to say something more "Right in this moment"... "right" sould be intended as intensifier, not as adjective with ...
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I can't translate 天吼

Context: Mecha anime soundtrack. I know that 天 is akin to "heavenly," but I've never seen 吼 before, and I can't find a translation -- or even another use in Japanese -- online at all. In traditional ...
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Write the reading of the following kanji in hiragana!

I just started learning Japanese and I'm trying to understand the whole kanji thing. The book I'm using gives some kanjis and then some exercise of the type: "Write the reading of the following kanji ...
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Ideal way to learn Kanji [closed]

We all know that kanji is one of the biggest milestones when trying to learn Japanese. My question is, what is the best way you have found to learn new kanji and their various readings as a relatively ...
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Why is it 二ヶ月 and not 二か月? [duplicate]

I was studying kanji, and this word came up. I know the romaji is nikagetsu, meaning two months, so I was a little confused as to why it has a little "ケ". Do you know if this is correct, and if it is,...
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What is the difference between「市長」 and 「町長」?

So far, I have found these results: 市長{しちょう}: mayor 町長{ちょうちょう}: town headman; town mayor​ I would appreciate if someone could explain a more accurate difference, like everyday usage or any example ...
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What kanji is this?

So I was reading stuff on the official website of the anime 僕のヒーローアカデミア and stumbled upon this handwritten message from the original manga's author. I cannot read the encircled part because I do not ...
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Exact definition of 針千本 in the 指切り idiom

I'm trying to learn more about idioms and expressions, and I came across this (which is apparently said when making a [pinky] promise): 指切拳万{ゆびきりげんまん}、嘘ついたら針千本{はりせんぼん}呑ます Casting the first part ...
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How do I type the kanji for ちゆうごく (China)? [closed]

I am very new to Japanese. I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but I am using Mac OS and for some reason, whenever I type ちゆうごく I am suggested something like 治癒動く as opposed ...
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How do I read 心の中?

Is it なか or うち? How about in set expressions like 心の中で思う as in 「私はとても幸運だわ」と彼女は心の中で思った。and how about 心の内?
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Unable to identify a Kanji

I just can't figure this Kanji from an old newspaper out, I am guessing it is a printing style not used anymore.I was trying to go by the 3-character radical on the left but I can't find anything that ...
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About 同形の別字 and its meaning

I am doing a research on differences between kanji and hanzi and accidentally stumbled across the term 同形の別字. The article that refers to it doesn't elaborate on its meaning. Does that term mean ...
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Deciphering handwritten kanji [closed]

I've gotten in the habit of transcribing/translating Japanese fanart for my friends. I do well with typed characters, but this artist's handwriting has me stumped: Here is my loose transcription, ...
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How come kanji has different pronunciation when matched with different words?

I'm confused, because the kanji for "come" have totally different pronunciations here: 未来 = Mirai 来る = Kuru Why is that? (Or maybe in the second example, 来 is being counted as just one word? ...
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Japanese Old kanji form

Hi, I am looking for the middle kanji in Kutani Wata xx sei. I guess it is ''no'' but this particular form of the character does not exist. Thanks
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Cannot recognise the kanji in a cartouche 保里尾[ ][ ][ ]晴

In the context of a C19th work titled Takamatsu no shiro mizuzeme no zu, "Picture of the Flooding of Takamatsu Castle" (髙松城水責之圖 with furigana たかまつのしろみづぜめのづ), there is a name cartouche, but I am ...
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If you learn the 2000 most common kanji, how many of the 2000 most common hanzi would you know?

For someone interested in learning both Japanese and Mandarin, how much overlap is there? How many more characters would you have to learn to know the 2000 most common hanzi?
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What is the difference between 惹かれる and 引かれる?

I was texting a Japanese person, and I saw 引かれる【ひかれる】for the first time, so I searched for its meaning. I saw contradictory explanations and translations, some sources say it is the same as 惹かれる{ひかれる},...
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How to translate この正確な瞬間に - 私が生きている

Can you help me with this simple translation? この正確な瞬間に Should be something like in this very moment or at this exact moment 私が生きている Should be something like I'm alive Is it correct? Can you confirm ...
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What is 慈しみ (itsukushimi)?

I've looked through various dictionary sites and they translate it to affection/love. So how does it relate to 愛 and 恋? To suki and daisuki? There seem to be a lot of ways to say love...
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Specific examples of tonal Chinese words rendered into Japanese

It is often said that Japanese contains a large number of homonyms because there was no way to render tonal Chinese words into Japanese. This makes complete sense. But I am looking for specific ...
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I need help understanding this に際しての昂揚はすでに収まり sentence

I am having trouble understanding the meaning of this sentence. For context I put the whole sentence. [数日来]{すうじつらい}の[上京]{じょうきょう}に[際]{さい}しての[昂揚]{こうよう}はすでに[収]{おさ}まり [京一郎]{きょういちろう}の[心]{こころ}は、ひとときの[...
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Why is 九時 (9 o'clock) pronounced “Ku-ji” and not “Kyu-ji”?

Why, when saying times in Japanese, does the pronunciation for 九 (9) change? I recently had to figure this out when my Siri wouldn't recognize it when I asked him to set an alarm for 9 o'clock, he ...
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How does ayakashi, あやかし = 妖 or 罔像?

A mid-19th century title reads Daimotsu-no-ura ayakashi no zu, 大物の浦罔像[あやかし]の圖, which I would translate as Picture of the 'Sea Phantoms' at Daimotsu-no-ura. I cannot grasp why the kanji 罔像 have been ...
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What's the meaning of “十力所”

I'm currently reading 極主夫道 and I'm not sure I understand "十力所". Do you have any ideas? Is it 10 powerful people of the office or something else? Thank you!
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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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Can't find kanji for pictured characters

I've tried finding the kanji by radical here using 广 but I can't find a match for the first and I'm not sure at all what the second is.
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How to say prices in these situations?

Usually the basics only cover いくら so most basic lessons I know of don't even cover the word price in basic contexts. I know 物価 and my understanding is that it is used in the general economic sense? ...
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Is “まひろとアバ X 于ユール” in the image? What is ' X ' in the image?

What character is in X position on the image? まひろとアバXチュール Maybe that is アバコ?