The SKIP (System of Kanji Indexing by Patterns) system for ordering kanji was developed by Jack Halpern (Kanji Dictionary Publishing Society at ), and is used with his permission. The license is Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International.
In a 1968 academic study of Chinese pejorative words, more than a third of the 325-term corpus of abusive expressions compare the insulted person with an animal, with the worst curses being "animal" generally, "pig, dog, animal", or "animal in dress", which deny the person of human dignity. The expressions contain metaphorical references to the following domesticated animals: dogs, cows, and chickens (12 or 11 terms each), (8 times), horse (4), cat (3), and duck (2), and one each to sheep, donkey and camel. A variety of wild animals are used in these pejorative terms, and the most common are monkey (7 times) and tiger (5 times), symbolizing ugliness and power respectively.
The speed of recognition of Japanese Kana (phonetic) and Kanji (ideographic) symbols tachistoscopically presented either to the left or the right visual field in 20 normal right-handed Japanese subjects (10 males and 10 females) was investigated. A significant right visual field superiority for the recognition of both meaningful and nonsense Kana words was obtained, while there was a lack of laterality differences in recognition of meaningful Kanji words. The results indicated that Kanji processing is somewhat different from Kana processing. Sex did not influence visual field preferences regardless of the kind of verbal stimuli.
Written in kanji, お鍋 (onabe) literally means "cooking pan," but it can also be used to refer to female-born people who live their lives as men. While the word can certainly be seen as an extension of the okama metaphor, some have also pointed out that onabe is an Edo Period term for female servants, and this might be another source of its use as a queer identity term.
The last term in this metaphorical set is okoge. When written in kanji, お焦げ (okoge) refers to the burnt rice that sticks to the inside of a rice pot. As an extension of the okama metaphor, okoge refers to women who enjoy the company of gay men, akin to "fag hag" or "fruit fly" in English. While okama and onabe are known throughout mainstream Japanese society, okoge is less well-known, and usually only used within the queer community.
In the 1920s, dōseiai (literally meaning "same-sex love") began to appear in academic texts as a translation of the Western concept of "homosexuality." This term could be applied to both male-male relationships and female-female ones, so for the first time in Japanese history, there were linguistic tools for talking about the love between two women. In fact, due to the romantic connotation of the kanji for love, 愛 (ai), that existed at the time, dōseiai was originally more closely associated with female-female relationships. The love between two women was imagined to be more emotional than male-male relationships, which were believed to be more erotic in nature. This nuance existed only in hentai literature of the time, and dōseiai is now used to mean both male-male and female-female relationships without distinction.
In Japanese, 正, the kanji used in words like tadashii 正しい, "correct," "right," is sometimes used as a tally mark, for counting stuff, e.g. how many goals a team scored, how many days passed, etc., mainly because the kanji has five strokes, so every 正 written down means 5, e.g. 正正 means 10, or it could be part of a word like seisei-doudou 正正堂堂, "fair and square."
It's true that Japanese text can be written horizontally or vertically, but the tally mark isn't really text, . it's a symbol drawn somewhere for counting, so the direction text is written is irrelevant.
Sexual Desire in Japanese is 愛欲 which is read aiyoku. The Japanese word aiyoku meaning "Sexual Desire" and also "Sexual desire, Passion" and is composed of the kanji 愛 (read ai) meaning "love; affection" and 欲 (read yoku) meaning "passion; desire; craving; longing".
The dawn of hiragana deepened the divide between men and women. General communication matters, news, and business information were written in kanji, while hiragana were used by women for personal purposes. The historical exclusion of women from writing kanji made it possible for men to develop words and revitalize characters with sexist meanings behind the backs of the very people they talked about.
While these kanji convey stereotypical notions of women, people do not use these words on a daily basis with the thought that the characters are discriminatory. When learning kanji, the emphasis is placed on learning characters as a whole, rather than their components, making it almost automatic to bypass thinking about their sexist meanings. Yet, given that so many kanji relating to women are demeaning, is it a surprise that sexism is still widespread in Japan? According to The Japan Times, in 2019, only 13 percent of managerial positions were held by women in Japan. Japanese is just one example of a language that reflects underlying gender bias, embodying cultural thoughts and values.
As I continue to learn kanji, I am amazed at the potential for a single character to convey both meaning and sound. Yet, as times progress from the nativity of kanji, its evolution and adaptability is required to suit the modern times, instead of depict an inaccurate, insulting perspective.
There exists a yearly competition in Japan to create pseudo-kanji; one such submission replaced the male character (男) in bravery (勇) with the female character (女) to symbolize one who is strong-willed and spirited. Seeing new characters like these brings me hope that language that excludes or demeans women, or anyone for that matter, is a reality we may one day no longer have to bear. While changing a language from its most basic component, its characters, is perhaps idealistic, the first step to making progress is by being aware of the sexism inherent in our world.
The Anglocentric influence is not limited to word usage: it also affects symbols. In 2017, all the queer parades in the country relied on international symbolism and terms: The Tokyo Rainbow Parade, the Nagoya Rainbow Parade, the Kyushu Rainbow Pride, the Sapporo Rainbow March, the Kumamoto Pride, the Kansai Rainbow Festa, the Aomori Pride, the Okinawa Pink Dot, and many non-profit organisations use the words Pride, Diversity, or Rainbow in their names.
Hybrid or not, the Anglocentric terminology is not just an issue of linguistic historicity, but has become a linguistic barrier within the community. According to a survey performed by the Japan LGBT Research Institute (2016), only 49.8% of the respondents who identified as non-cisgender and non-hetero knew what the LGBT acronym meant, and those unfamiliar with Western LGBT culture and terminology are unlikely to recognise the terms or symbols when they see them. Current queer terminology in Japan has become diglossic, as native terms are considered pathological, derogatory, or old-fashioned (even though they see use within the community), whereas the English terms are seen as empowering due to their international symbolism.
Feeling good about being naked is simply about the way you perceive your body. If you see your body as a tool rather than a symbol of attractiveness you should be able to change your perception and alter judgement thereby increasing confidence in yourself. Never compare, get and keep in shape, eat right and learn to accept your beautiful naked body.
This is a less formal title with a lower level of politeness. In fact the symbol or kanji is the same as that of "kimi", like "you" in its familiar form or the French "tu" (especially between couples). "Kun" is used with a friend, a classmate, a little brother or a younger boy.
An older version of the story tells the old woman discover the giant, floating peach and take it home with her, as she finds it to be of good color and looking tasty. After eating a piece of the peach, the old woman is rejuvenated and becomes young and beautiful again. When her old husband comes home from the hills, he is surprised to find a lovely young lady in his house. At first he does not even recognize his own wife in her new form, but she explains what happened to him. She then gives her husband a piece of the peach to eat, and he also becomes young again. That night, the couple makes love, and the woman becomes pregnant as a result. She later gives birth to their first child, a son, whom they name Tarō, as that is a common Japanese name for a first son. This version of the story is the oldest one that is written in old texts, but it appears to have been changed with the version without sex in school textbooks of the Meiji period. The peach is often seen as a symbol of sex or fertility in Japan, because its fruit is believed to be similar to a woman's buttocks.
When it comes to finding original and meaningful baby names, Japanese parents have a special wellspring, starting with the adopted Chinese characters called kanji and joined with other syllabic Japanese scripts. The various possible readings and distinctive nuances of these thousands of characters allow parents to carefully customize the meaning of their chosen baby names. Different kanji characters embody different meanings in the same name depending on things from grammatical context to language history, and Japanese as well as any parent can take full advantage of these handed-down essences. Japanese names also sound melodic, with lots of vowel sounds.
Izumi means "fountain," "spring," or "serene one" depending on the choice of kanji characters. In the Asuki and Nara periods (around 700 AD), there was once a Princess Izumi, daughter of Emperor Tenji. The name Izumi is likely best known in the United States as the name of the cycling gear and apparel company Pearl Izumi. 2b1af7f3a8