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Because of the way they have been adopted into Japanese, a single kanji may be used to write one or more different words (or, in some cases, morphemes). From the point of view of the reader, kanji are said to have one or more different “readings”. Deciding which reading is meant depends on context, intended meaning, use in compounds, and even location in the sentence. Some common kanji have ten or more possible readings. These readings are normally categorised as either on’yomi (literally, sound reading) or kun’yomi (literally, meaning reading).

Kanji are the Chinese characters that are used in the modern Japanese writing system along with hiragana katakanaIndo Arabic numerals, and the occasional use of the Latin alphabet (known as the Romanization of Japanese. The Japanese term kanji literally means “Han characters” or “Chinese characters” and is the same written term used in the Chinese language to refer to the character writing system.

Few images from Izabela’s trips to japan