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  2. List of Japanese prefectural name etymologies - Wikipedia

    List of prefectures. The following list contains the etymology of each current prefecture. The default alphabetic order in this sortable table can be altered to mirror the traditional Japanese regions and ISO parsing. Prefecture. Kanji. origin and meaning of name. Aichi. 愛知県. Aichi-ken (愛知県) means "love knowledge".

  3. Place names in Japan - Wikipedia

    Place names giving directions relative to a castle, such as Jōhoku (North of the Castle), Jōsai (West of the Castle) or Jōnan (South of the Castle), are common throughout Japan. minato (港) or tsu (津) for a harbor; e.g., Minato, Tokyo and Tsu, Mie. shuku or -juku (宿), a post or station town on a traditional highway; e.g., Shinjuku.

  4. List of common Japanese surnames - Wikipedia

    Officially, among Japanese names there are 291,129 different Japanese surnames (姓, sei), as determined by their kanji, although many of these are pronounced and romanized similarly. Conversely, some surnames written the same in kanji may also be pronounced differently. [2]

  5. Japanese ship-naming conventions - Wikipedia

    Japanese ship-naming conventions. Japanese ship names follow different conventions from those typical in the West. Merchant ship names often contain the word maru at the end (meaning circle ), while warships are never named after people, but rather after objects such as mountains, islands, weather phenomena, or animals.

  6. Category:Japanese masculine given names - Wikipedia

    Pages in category "Japanese masculine given names" The following 200 pages are in this category, out of approximately 1,417 total. This list may not reflect recent changes .

  7. Japanese wordplay - Wikipedia

    Japanese wordplay relies on the nuances of the Japanese language and Japanese script for humorous effect. Double entendres have a rich history in Japanese entertainment (such as in kakekotoba) due to the language's large number of homographs (different meanings for a given spelling) and homophones (different meanings for a given pronunciation).

  8. Japanese clans - Wikipedia

    Hirano clan – descended from Prince Toneri son of Emperor Tenmu, by the Kiyowara clan. Hisamatsu clan ( 久松氏) – cadet branch of Takatsuji family who descended from Sugawara clan. Mon of the Honda clan. Hitotsuyanagi clan ( 一柳氏) – cadet branch of Kōno clan who descended from Prince Iyo, son of Emperor Kanmu.

  9. Courtesy name - Wikipedia

    Courtesy name. A courtesy name ( Chinese: 字; pinyin: zì; lit. 'character'), also known as a style name, is a name bestowed upon one at adulthood in addition to one's given name. [1] This practice is a tradition in the East Asian cultural sphere, including China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. [2]