奈良

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Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

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Proper noun[edit]

奈良

  1. Nara, Japan

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: S

Grade: 4
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

According to the ancient Japanese book Nihon Shoki, the name "Nara" derived from the Japanese verb 平す (narasu, to flatten)[1]. Kunio Yanagida stated, in "The Study of Place Names", Nara stands for flatland.[2].

Proper noun[edit]

奈良 (hiragana なら, romaji Nara)

  1. Nara, a city in central Japan
  2. A surname​.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ In September in the tenth year of Emperor Sujin, "then, leading selected soldiers, (the rebels) went forward, climbed Nara-yama (hills lying to the north of Heijō-kyō) and put them in order. Now the imperial forces gathered and flattened trees and plants. Therefore the mountain is called Nara-yama."
  2. ^ 柳田国男 YANAGIDA Kunio (1936), 『地名の研究』 (The Study of Place Names), 古今書院, pp.217-219