八尺瓊の勾玉

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Japanese[edit]

八尺瓊の勾玉: Artist's impressions of the (unseen) Imperial Regalia of Japan, with Yasakani no Magatama on the lower right
Kanji in this term
Grade: 1 Grade: 6 Hyōgaiji Grade: S Grade: 1

Etymology[edit]

Phrase consisting of (ya, eight) +‎ (saka, alternate reading for shaku, an ancient unit of length similar to the English foot) +‎ (ni, jade, generally regarded as emphasizing the meaning of bead) +‎ (no, possessive particle) +‎ 勾玉 (magatama, curved bead, an ancient comma-shaped jewelry bead made of jade or other materials).[1]

A literal interpretation of the name would suggest a magatama of around eight feet in size. However, magatama were never that large. An alternate theory is that this magatama is, or was, part of an eight-foot necklace.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ja̠sa̠ka̠ni no̞ ma̠ŋa̠ta̠ma̠]

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Proper noun[edit]

八尺瓊の勾玉 (hiragana やさかにのまがたま, romaji Yasakani no Magatama)

  1. the Yasakani no Magatama or "Eight-foot Curved Jewel", one of the three sacred treasures comprising the Imperial Regalia of Japan

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan