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Learn about naming conventions and the meanings of Japanese names. Inside are links to explore thousands of Japanese baby names.

Japanese Language Spotlight10

Word of the Day: Jissai

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Today's word is "jissai (the truth; a fact; reality; actuality; practice)". It is written with a combination of two kanji characters "jitsu" and "sai".

*Jissai ni atta koto da.  実際にあったことだ。 --- It actually happened.
*Kanojo wa shashin yori jissai no hou ga utsukushii. 彼女は写真より実際のほうが美しい。 --- She is prettier than her picture.
*Kare wa kawarimono da to hyouban daga jissai sou da.  彼は変わり者だと評判だが実際そうだ。 --- He is said to be eccentric and he really is.

Nazonazo of the Day

Sunday April 20, 2014

Let's try solving today's nazonazo (Japanese riddles)!

Tooru toki niwa shimatte, tooranai toki niwa hiraiteiru mono wa nani?

通るときには閉まって、通らないときには開いているものは何?

How to say Easter in Japanese

Wednesday April 16, 2014

The Japanese word for Easter is "fukkatsusai (復活祭)" or "iisutaa (イースター)". "Fukkatsusai" is written with a combination of three kanji characters "fuku", "katsu" and "sai". "Fukkatsu" means "revival" and "sai" means "festival".

Kanji of the Day: New

Monday April 14, 2014

As the Japanese school year starts in April, it is a new start for many students. Learn how to write the kanji character for "new", with step-by-step kanji stroke order. "Shingakki (新学期)" means "new school year" and "shinnyuusei (新入生) means, "new student/freshman".

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