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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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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?
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How do I ask about books that include furigana for the kanji?

I'm planning on going to Japan soon and one of the things I'd like to do is buy a few books, but I want to get books that include the furigana for all the kanji. How would I ask a store associate to ...
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Usage of 内 for inside / within something

In my vocabulary learning I've recently come across the pattern of 社内、車内、体内 and was wondering... can I apply this pattern of [something]内 to many other things? For example, if I wanted to say "in ...
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すみません came from 済みません?

What's the correlation between 済む and すみません? 済む means to finish and I can't see it a correlation between the two.
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Question regarding structure of a sentence : use of と here?

There is a sentence which is highly confusing me. A character says this : 『どうして王様は裸なの?』と無邪気な子供に指摘されるまで、恥を晒しておめおめと舞台に立っているのは、あまりにも情けない What does the と after the phrase in quotation mean? From what ...
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How do schools teach Japanese words that use a higher-level kanji than the learner is familiar with?

So lets say that I'm going through my Japanese textbook, and I'm I see a page of vocabulary. This page of vocabulary contains such words as: 寝る{ねる} (to sleep) 晩{ばん}御{ご}飯{はん} (Dinner) The ...
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Is 雷装 a synonym for 魚雷?

During reading of some Japanese Wikipedia articles (e.g. 北上, 重雷装艦) I encountered the compound 雷装{らいそう}, which I have been unable to find a definite explanation of. In their descriptive texts you will ...
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Use of '判宦' in 九郎判宦義経

A simple name cartouche 九郎判宦義経 uses '判宦' instead of '判官'. I assume it is supposed to be read Kurō Hōgan Yoshitsune. Yoshitsune received the title Kurō Hōgan (九郎判官) from the Imperial Court; sometimes ...
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Examples of words which cannot be directly translated into English and have potentially philosophical meanings [closed]

I was watching an interview by "That Japanese Guy Yuta" (a Japanese YouTuber) where the question was "What if everyone in Japan could speak English. What would be the impact?". Most suggested they ...
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What are the uses and origins of the word 肌?

Why is there a table radical in the word 肌? In what contexts is the word 肌 used? Is 雪肌 an appropriate way to say fair skin?
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Does Korean hanja usage correspond to Japanese kun'yomi and on'yomi kanji usage?

For those who are versed in both Korean and Japanese. To add a bit of context, I've searched info on Korean hanja usage for some time, but none of the sources clearly stated that hanja may serve the ...
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Is it acceptable to use kanji and hiragana in the same word if a kanji character is unknown?

I have come across this issue a number of times. I am studying Japanese at High School, so I only know about 200 kanji. When I write words that consist of more than two kanji characters, I am unsure ...
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Filling out a cheque - 金

I'm watching a drama and there's a scene with a closeup of a cheque. It shows the box where you would write the amount to pay, which I've parsed as below. What is 金 used for and how is it read? 金額 ...
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Is a sentence containing two similar kanji any known figure of speech

Searching for Japanese poetry or simply reading song lyrics, I can find very often some sentences that contain two kanji characters of specific properties: They are usually close to each other, one is ...
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Why is 洛 associated with Kyoto / the capital?

I recently found out that the kanji 洛 is associated with Kyoto / the capital. Here are some example words showing this association: 洛内【らくない】 : "in Kyoto or the capital" 洛外【らくがい】 : "outside Kyoto or ...
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Would the name Maida be considered a “Japanese name”

A friend of mine is named Maida (female), and it got me thinking...since the name Maeda is a japanese name, and has it’s own Kanji, would Maida (spelled with an i) be a japanese name? And does it have ...
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What is the significance of a repeated radical in a Kanji character?

What is the significance (if any) of a repeated radical in a Kanji character? I have been learning Kanji for almost a year now. In the early days my assumption would have been that repeating a ...
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Readings of kanji in newspaper

When reading a japanese newspaper there's a lot of kanjis, but how do you know the correct reading if you come across a kanji you dont know? Is there some easy way to look it up, or do you just have ...
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Translation help of gravestone [closed]

I'm still learning Japanese so many of these kanji I can't even make out. This is the back of my great uncles grave in Hawaii and I'd appreciate if I can get the kana and English translations.
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Impossible to find following kanji

I am trying to find the meaning and pronunciation of this kanji, but this kanji appears impossible to find.
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Meaning of かけられる in the following sentence or context and its corresponding Kanji

Can any one please tell me what かけられる means in the following sentence and if it has any corresponding Kanji? 年明けの築地市場の初競りにかけられるのでしょうか。
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What is the Kanji for すがり in 通りすがり?

I can't find any kanji or meaning for sugari or sugaru that matches that makes sense for the meaning of 通りすがり.
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Is there a Japanese translation for the Chinese term, 超级?

In Chinese, 超级 means ‘super’. E.g 超级市场 means ‘supermarket’, or 超级战士 means ‘supersoldier’, etc etc. Of course, I've looked up each kanji separately, and it turns out that 超 is chō in Japanese and 级 ...
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一代 pronounced as かずよ?

I saw the following example sentence on WaniKani: あそこに立っている外人の男の人のとなりにいる女の人があのゆう名なまつい一代さんです。 The lady next to the foreign guy standing over there is THE famous Kazuyo Matsui. The part I'm confused ...
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りき vs ちから for 力

Are there differences between the 2 and what are they if they are not interchangeable? りき入ってんじゃん. For this sentence "(He) sure is putting power into it.", could chikara be used instead? E.g. ...
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What is this kanji on a Meiji era 2-sen coin?

I saw this picture of a Meiji era 2-sen coin in the 2013 game Tomb Raider: Front: Back: The front is easily readable, and explained by the caption: [大日本]{だいにっぽん} [明治]{めいじ}[六年]{ろくねん} 2SEN The back ...
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Kanji radical names

Do you have to learn the kanji radical name? ex:こどもへん Do people use it? Thanks.
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‘Nanpū’ (難風), ‘Bōrei’ (亡霊) and other matters

A couple of questions, including the use of the word ‘nanpū’ 難風. I am looking at (and transliterating) a cartouche with a combination of hiragana, hentaigana, and kanji, some in sōsho, however, there ...
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About the kanji 兎: can rabbit be also pronounced as “to”?

There is a well known personage in Japan called Tsukishiro Yukito (月城 雪兎) from Cardcaptor Sakura. Tsuki stands for moon, shiro for castle, yuki for snow and the kanji "兎" means rabbit but it sounds ...
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Are surnames only written with kanji?

I wondered about this. I know the first name can be written in Hiragana, Katakata, Kanji (and maybe a mix of it?) but how is it with family names? I think I've never seen one which was mixed, Hiragana ...
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Native speakers, do you recognize the kanji 謳?

謳 I saw this character in a manga today and it was the first time I'd seen it. Is this kanji something most native speakers would recognize?
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悟る vs 気づく vs 分かる Satoru vs Kizuku vs Wakaru

From my understanding, 気づく is more "to realise" and 分かる is more to "understand" right? Where does 悟る fall in comparison to these 2? Is it more towards "realising" or "understanding"? Or is it ...

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