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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"Chinese ideographs that make up the bulk of Japanese writing," 1920, from Japanese kan "Chinese" + ji "letter, character."


n. Any of the Chinese characters as used in the Japanese language.


Kanji (; ), or kan'ji, are the adopted logographic Chinese characters () that are used in the modern Japanese writing system along with hiragana and katakana. The Japanese term kanji for the Chinese characters literally means " Han characters" and is written using the same characters as the Chinese word .

Kanji (disambiguation)

Kanji can refer to any of the following:

  • Kanji, the Japanese writing system
    • Chinese character, a general discussion of Chinese characters which are also used in other East Asian languages
  • Kanji bush, an Australian shrub
  • Kanji (drink), an Indian drink prepared in months of Feb-March around the Holi festival
  • Kanji (era), a Japanese era name (1087–1094)
  • Kanji, Jammu and Kashmir, a village in north India
  • Kanji, Tamil Nadu, a village in south India
  • Congee, a semi-liquid food made from rice
  • Cangjie input method (cj), a method of computer entry of Chinese characters
  • Cangjie, a legendary Chinese historiographer
  • Kanji Tatsumi, one of the main characters in Persona 4
  • Kanji (food), gruel of rice prepared in Kerala, India
Kanji (era)

was a after Ōtoku and before Kahō. This period spanned the years from April 1087 through December 1094. The reigning emperor was .

Kanji (drink)

Kanji is a fermented drink made in India for the festival of Holi.

Kanji is made with water, black carrots, beetroot, mustard seeds and heeng. it may be served with boondi sprinkled on top.

During Holi, kanji is often added to urad dal dumplings or vada; the latter is then called kanji vada.

Usage examples of "kanji".

It was Japanese portable with a keyboard the length of a cricket bat, a complex mess of ASCII, kanji, katakana, hiragana and arcane function keys.

A word would be typed in Hiragana, the fifty-one-letter Japanese phonetic alphabet, and on the screen would appear the corresponding Chinese ideogram in Kanji.

Each page is a grid, a table with hiragana or katakana or kanji in one box, a group of digits or Romanji in another box, and the pages all cross-referenced to other pages in a scheme only a cryptographer could love.