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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 8 years ago

What does this Japanese Symbol Mean?

http://i1356.photobucket.com/albums/q729/vitamin-c...

I found this necklace and am wondering what the symbols mean.

I thought it was Japanese, but I did research and now I'm not sure if it's that or Chinese, but I'm fairly sure it's Japanese.

Thanks a lot in advance.

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  • 8 years ago
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    It means "wa." That's Japanese for "harmony." It's so important a concept in Japan that there's even a "Wa"-pedia.

    In Japanese baseball, it means team spirit or unity. American Robert Whiting wrote a fascinating book called "You Gotta Have Wa."

  • Amy D
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    8 years ago

    和 is 'wa' in Japanese, and 'hé' in Mandarin Chinese (or 'wor' in Cantonese Chinese). In Japanese it typically means 'harmony' but along with other characters would normally signify something relating to Japan, whereas in Chinese it's mostly used to mean 'and' but can mean 'harmony' as well. Like Japanese when it's with other characters can mean other things.

    By the way, I'd like to know how you were "fairly sure it's Japanese"

    Source(s): Chinese person who's studied Japanese for 5 years in high school
  • 8 years ago

    In japanese 和 is used as a prefix to mean anything which is related to Japan, e.g.

    和風

    japanese style

    和食

    japanese cuisine

    和菓子

    japanese candies

    pronunciation is wa

  • 和 is read as 'wa' and it means 'harmony'. Beware, though, it may be read differently in other situations when combined with other kanji. I hope this helps.

    Source(s): I understand Japanese.
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