Japan 日本

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Kanji: 日本
Hiragana: にほん、にっぽん
Pronunciation: Nihon, Nippon
Meaning: Japan

Kun:
日本人(Nihonjin, Nipponjin) Japanese people
日本語 (Nihongo) Japanese language

Origin:
At the time of the Taika Reformation (645), when the country had in diplomatic relations with China, the word “日本” was written as the meaning of the eastern country, the country rising sun. Since the Nara period (710-794), it has been pronounced “Nihon” or “Nippon”. Even today, there is no legal definitions for the pronounciation. The roots of pronounciation of Japan is not clear but 日本 was pronounces similar with Japan in the continent when it is introduced to Europe.

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