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I doubt "pure" is the best word to describe 清楚, but it does mean something along the lines of "simple", "innocent", "clean", "plain", "tidy", and so on. Please refer to that YouTube video or Google Image Search for the connotation of the word. As a matter of fact, 清楚 is a common word that virtually ...


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This is one of characteristics of 明朝体, the stylized emphases at the start and end of a brush stroke. In calligraphy, you are instructed to sink down your brush firmly at the beginning of every stroke. Then you will see more or less a 45-degree northwest-ward sesami-shaped blot there in each handwritten stroke, which is the ultimate origin of it. However, if ...


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The answer is nothing. Japanese does not have a special form for vocative other than nominative (not many languages have), and before the introduction of punctuation, you can just guess it from the context that it is an address. Even today, you hardly see commas and periods in speech balloons of manga, that means you still have to sometimes. And it is not ...


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I should probably leave it to a native-speaker or someone with a better understanding to answer. But, a quick answer is that when you address someone there's never a particle like は or が or を following. If you see ジョン without a particle or ジョンよ it's most likely direct address. But also, context often makes it very clear that someone is being addressed. ...


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