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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Kanji'

Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Kanji'

Kanji is one of the three forms of Japan writing. A kanji is an ideogram: that is, a kind of simple picture. It is a symbol of an idea such as an object, thing or quality.

Kanji ideograms (or “characters”) were taken about 2000 years ago from Chinese characters, and many were gradually changed. The word “kanji” means “Han characters” (i.e. “Chinese characters”).

There are two other systems used to write in Japanese. These systems are called Hiragana and Katakana (together they are called “Kana”). They show how a word is pronounced because each character stands for a syllable (a, ka, sa, ta etc). Each kanji could also be written in kana, indeed they are in children’s books or books for foreigners learning Japanese.

Many words in Japanese can have more than one meaning, e.g. “hana” can mean “nose” or “flower”, but the kanji character for each is quite different. However, each kanji character can have several different pronounciations, according to which meaning (which “reading”) is intended.

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Kanji Sample Sentences in News

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    Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site. For beginner and intermediate students of Japanese, encountering a kanji such as 鬱 ( utsu , depression) in the wild can be a somewhat traumatic event that, appropriately, induces a deep, introspective depression regarding their language ability. Read more on this news related to 'Kanji'
  • Kanji Inoki Leaves
    Pyongyang, September 2 (KCNA) -- Kanji Inoki, member of the House of Councilors of Japan who is also chief director of the Sports Peace Community Association of Japan, and his party left here for home on Tuesday. Read more on this news related to 'Kanji'
  • Wrestling - Japan ex-wrestler wages 'sports diplomacy' in North Korea
    - Flamboyant Japanese wrestler-turned-politician Kanji "Antonio" Inoki kicked off his brand of sports diplomacy in North Korea on Saturday ahead of an unusual two-day event featuring martial artists from around the world. Inoki, 71, an opposition member of Japan's upper house, travelled to the reclusive state with a host of international fighters in Read more on this news related to 'Kanji'

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