本州

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Chinese[edit]

 
roots or stems of plants; origin; source; this; the current; root; foundation; basis; (a measure word)
(United States) state; province; sub-prefecture
simp. and trad.
(本州)

Pronunciation[edit]


Proper noun[edit]

本州

  1. Honshu, the main island of Japan.

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
ほん
Grade: 1
しゅう
Grade: 3
on'yomi

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

本州 (hiragana ほんしゅう, romaji Honshū, historical hiragana ほんしう)

  1. Honshu, the main island of Japan with a population of 100 million, which is 4/5 of the Japanese.

Usage notes[edit]

Since Honshu is much bigger and more populous than other islands of Japan, you don't use this word to specify an area in Japan. Smaller area names such as 関東 and 関西 are used instead.

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