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Reading of 氷円弾 and other similar made up words

In this RPG video game I'm currently playing, monsters attack you with different techniques with made up names, such as 氷円弾. Since I don't know how I should read that kanji compound I searched this ...
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What is the actual nuance of 初だし here?

Context: This is a box from a video game artwork, where the director describes the creation of the character. Most of it is clear to me, however toward the end I run into this puzzling line: The line ...
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Readings of the word 何ぞ with meanings "what" or "why"

According to what I have understood from reading multiple sites (I hope not wrongly), when 何ぞ has the meaning "something", it is read as なんぞ. In fact, from the few times I encountered this ...
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What is the reading of "toy store"?

There seem to be various readings for toy store. Do they have different meanings? Are they regionalisms? 玩具店【おもちゃてん】 玩具店【おもちゃみせ】 玩具屋【おもちゃや】 玩具屋【がんぐや】 玩具店【がんぐてん】 I came across it in this sentence in ...
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What is the Japanese reading of this name? [closed]

Given name: 慧敏 Apparently I need 30 characters so here are so more words to meet the count.
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As "red", what's the difference between 紅{くれない}, 紅{べに}, 紅{こう} and 紅色?

On Weblio, the same dictionary says 紅{くれない} means "crimson" (deep red) and 紅{べに} means "vermilion" (bright red). Another dictionary says 紅{くれない}, 紅{べに}, 紅{こう} are all nouns, but I ...
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How is 壁側 pronounced?

I found this sentence: 横幅【よこはば】も狭【せま】く、壁側に手【て】すりがついているだけ It was narrow and only had a handrail on the wall side. https://www.fnn.jp/articles/-/514418 but I am unsure of the reading of 壁側. I found the ...
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Kanji with multiple readings of identical meaning

Are there other instances in Japanese where a kanji compound has two or more readings that all carry the same or very similar meanings, akin to the use of 明日 for tomorrow, which can be read as あした, あす,...
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How is Tsuyuri Kumin's name (五月七日くみん) read with 3 characters when it's made up of 4 kanji?

From the Chuunibyou anime, Kumin's last name is Tsuyuri (3 characters), but written as 五月七日 (4 kanji characters). How can this be? At first, I thought it might just be a chuuni thing, where you write ...
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Why are there two Japanese readings for a Korean word?

Leaving aside the issue of whose world view is correct, there seem to be two Japanese readings for the Korean word for the body of water between the two countries: NHK writes 東海 【とんへ】 but wwwjdic ...
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Why does the composer of キティ use を after a verb's て-form and before a suru verb (輪廻)

There's a line in the song キティ saying 日月さえも孤独な天下で絡まって解いてを輪廻する愚者の群れ At first I assumed it was a form of keigo because を is sometimes used as お, or in archaic Japanese, at least I believe, because when ...
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然る (さる) and 然る (しかる)

Is 然る used in Japanese as both 然る (さる) and 然る (しかる) or only with one of those readings? Does 然る have a different meaning depending on the reading? If so, what does 然る (さる) and 然る (しかる) each one mean? ...
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Are the readings 下【した】 and 下【しも】 equally acceptable

Are the readings 下【した】 and 下【しも】 equally acceptable in the following sentence? また、猫背【ねこぜ】になると、胸【むね】全体【ぜんたい】が重力【じゅうりょく】で下【した】に引【ひ】っ張【ぱ】られてしまいます Also, when you hunch over, your entire chest is pulled ...
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How are these names read?

In a recent Asahi article about changes to laws governing Japanese names, this sentence appeared: 戦争【せんそう】に突入【とつにゅう】すると、「勝【?】」「進【?】」 When the war broke out, "?" and "?" were used. ...
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Reading: 日々【ひび】 or 日々【にちにち】?

There is an explanation of the difference between 日々 vs 毎日 here: https://japanese.stackexchange.com/a/42641/31150 but it does not mention the reading of 日々, which wwwjdic says can be 日々【ひび】 or 日々【にちにち】...
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Is 天火明命 read as 'ten-ka-mei-mei'?

I've been playing maimai, the Japanese arcade rhythm game for a while. It offers a song named 天火明命, which a few of my friends pronounce as 'ten-ka-mei-mei'. However, the official Twitter account of ...
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Is there rendaku in 感動話?

In this sentence 感動話は“感動【かんどう】”と書【か】かずにいかに心【こころ】が震【ふる】えたかを伝【つた】えよ Don't use the word "moving" to describe a touching story, but tell how your heart was shaken. https://www.asahi.com/and/...
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Does one read 行【い】った or 行【おこな】った?

In this sentence... 彼【かれ】の挙動【きょどう】がおかしいので警官【けいかん】がつけて行【い】った The policeman followed him because of his suspicious behavior. https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/word/en/挙動#je-18506 ...does the verb mean "...
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Is 77 ななじゅうなな or しちじゅうしち here?

One of the sentences I found in an online paper and put into my Anki deck is 77年前【ねんまえ】、原爆【げんばく】はなぜ長崎【ながさき】に落【お】とされたのか? Why was the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki 77 years ago? How is 77 read? If I ...
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Is 板 ever read as はん when used as a suffix/prefix?

I have this example sentence and I was wondering if the readings of 板 are always いた: 2chの野球板に書き込みをしたんですが、板違いだと言われてしまいました。
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Is "bamboo grove" pronounced 竹林【ちくりん】 or 竹林【たけばやし】?

Is "bamboo grove" pronounced 竹林【ちくりん】 or 竹林【たけばやし】? I found some pages here https://www.weblio.jp/content/竹林#:~:text=竹林(たけばやし、ちくりん,、たかやぶ)とも言う。 https://zatugaku-gimonn.com/entry2020.html ......
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Is the reading 軍神 【ぐんしん】, 軍神 【いくさがみ】, or 軍神 【ぐんじん】?

Here https://www.fnn.jp/articles/286014 was the sentence 亡【な】くなられた[9人]【きゅうにん】は、戦争【せんそう】の士気【しき】を高【たか】めるうえで「軍神」になったんです The nine men who died became "war heroes" in raising the morale of the ...
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Is "made of wood" 木【き】 or 木【もく】 here?

木【き】や紙【かみ】でできたストローが、当【あ】たり前【まえ】の時代【じだい】がすぐそこにやってきている The era when straws made of wood or paper will be the norm is just around the corner. https://www.fnn.jp/articles/-/340720 I am aware of the words ...
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角【かく】?角【かど】?角【つの】?

I found this sentence 「角に大きな目印をつければ、区別しやすくなる」 He thought, "If we put a big marker on the corner, it will make it easier to distinguish them." https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/economy/20220708-...
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what is the translation for the word "intersection"? when used as an *operation* between volumes or lines. (not a road intersection) [closed]

intersection when used as an operation or volumetric operation between volumes or lines. (not as a road intersection).
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Is it 脅かす【おどかす】 or 脅かす【おびやかす】?

This explanation says, the target which 脅【おびや】かす threatens is not a person but abstract things such as a society, a nation, a status, peace, happiness and the like. Is the reading of this sentence ...
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中【ちゅう】? 中【じゅう】? 中【ぢゅう】? 中【なか】?

まだ薄暗【うすぐら】い中【?】、子【こ】どもたちが集【あつ】まってきた It was still dimly lit, but the children had gathered. https://www.fnn.jp/articles/-/279297 Here (https://japanese.stackexchange.com/a/41086/31150) it says... Since ...
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Is it 散歩中【さんぽちゅう】には or 散歩中【さんぽなか】には?

雨【あめ】が降【ふ】ったり、途中【とちゅう】でけがをする子【こ】がいたり、途中【とちゅう】でけんかが始【はじ】まったり……散歩中【さんぽちゅう】には、さまざまなアクシデントが起【お】こりえます It may rain, a child may get injured on the way, or a fight may break out on the way. ...... Various ...
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Pronunciation of 世論

It seems that 世論 can be pronounced as both よろん and せろん. Are the meanings identical? Is one pronunciation more common than the other?
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Help with monomorphic, polyphonic verbs

OK, I kind of invented that term. But I'm referring to verbs that have identical kanji and okurigana; have nearly identical meanings; but have different readings. I'm sure there are many others out ...
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方【ほう】 or 方【かた】?

方【ほう】 or 方【かた】? In this post Is 方 read かた or ほう here? I read that 方【ほう】 means "direction" and 方【かた】 means "a person/way of doing something." What about in this sentence? だけど、血【ち】...
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Can 数々 be read as【しばしば】?

Can 数々 be either 【かずかず】or 【しばしば】? The websites j-talk.com and jisho.org both analyze the reading of the following sentence similarly: パンデミック発生後【はっせいご】、ニューヨーク市内【しない】でもアジア人【じん】に対【たい】するヘイトクライムが数々【かずかず】報告【...
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Why is the kanji for haru (陽) pronounced as "yo"?

So I was looking up the word Haru and I saw there are many different ways it can be written in kanji (陽, 春, 晴). When I then looked up the first one to see how it is pronounced, multiple websites (one ...
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How to Pronounce a Kanji When Just Reading it by Itself

I'll elaborate the title with a scenario. If I was, say, in a scenario where I was talking about my favorite kanji, and said "Oh, my favorite kanji is 悪" how do I pronounce 悪 in that ...
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How do you tell the difference between 決行 and 欠航?

So apparently 決行-けっこう (to carry out) and 欠航-けっこう (cancelled) are pronounced the same way? Or does one of them have a different pitch accent pattern? At least Google translate pronounced them the same. ...
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How do I read this sentence? 「そこにいるのは、すでに死んだ先人達。」

The last part of the sentence is throwing me off because I'm not sure whether or not "死んだ先人達" should be read as "しんださきひとたち" or "しんだせんじんたち." Could it depend on context? ...
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When is 事業 read as じぎょう and when as ことわざ

I came across the following sentence from the Dictionary of Japanese Grammar series: X氏は、一方で慈善事業をやりながら、他方でかなりあくどい商売をしているという噂だ。 I think 慈善事業 should be read as じぜんじぎょう. But as I look up the dictionary ...
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Readings for 安 as しずか (Surname)

Is it possible to read 安 as しずか shizuka? Kanshudo.com has this pronunciation as an additional reading for a surname: https://www.kanshudo.com/name/%E5%AE%89 I wanted to do some research before asking ...
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頭【かぶり】を振る and 頭【かしら】を横に振る, why the change in pronunciation?

As the title suggests, why is there a change in pronunciation between 頭【かぶり】を振る and 頭【かしら】を横に振る? As far as I can see, there is no difference between the meanings of the two—デジタル大辞泉 even lists the ...
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Which reading of その他 is more common? [duplicate]

What is the actual common reading of その他? Is it そのほか or そのた? Are there differences in social or grammatical context, or a nuance in the actual meaning? スーパー大辞林 doesn’t list その他 as a word. There is an ...
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What is the origin of 場所?

The kanji compound 場所 is bugging me. For the longest time, I did not know how to pronounce it, oscillating between ばどころ and じょうしょ. The correct pronunciation, however, is ばしょ. This is weird to me, ...
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一日二日 pronunciation

I was trying to determine the pitch accent for the phrase 一日二日 when it means "for a day or two" and realised I might not even have the right reading. I thought it would be いちにちににち, but then ...
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平日 - What's the difference between the two readings へいじつ and ひらび?

平日 can be read へいじつ or ひらび. What's the difference between the two readings? Is one more formal than the other? The basic meaning seems to be "Weekday" (ie Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, ...
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Identifying the correct reading for multiple Kanji

I've just started my "Kanji learning" and I'm a bit confused. I understand that almost all Kanji can be read differently depending if its followed by another Kanji or Hiragana. But how do I ...
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How does 方 becomes なた in 何方?

Most dictionaries say that 方 is read as ホウ, かた/がた, え. But why does it change in [何方]{どなた} and is completely different in [何方]{どちら}? Are those some archaic readings or some 'synergetic' words that ...
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Words with varied 音読み{おんよみ}

In watching this YouTube video, the last slide displays the following information, which provides examples of words that bear 呉音{ごおん}、漢音{かんおん}、and 唐宋音{とうそうおん} types of 音読み{おんよみ}. I was interested in ...
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Does the meaning of the Kanji change based on its reading

Most Kanji have multiple readings. For example 人 has got the readings: ひと ジン ニン Does the meaning change when the Kanji is read differently. I don't think that the meaning of this Kanji changes based ...
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How do I remember a Kanji with more than two readings and when to use them [duplicate]

I'm currently studying Kanji using a flashcard app on my computer. I do know that there are two readings for each character, On and Kun. What I don't understand, is when a Kanji has more than two ...
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What is the reading of 弓形?

The word 弓形 has three different readings which are きゅうけい, ゆみがた, and ゆみなり. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be much distinction between these three readings. Is this simply a case wherein all ...
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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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