鴨川

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Kanji in this term
Jinmeiyō Grade: 1

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Compound of (kamo, duck) +‎ (kawa, river). The kawa changes to gawa due to rendaku (連濁).

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鴨川 (hiragana かもがわ, romaji Kamogawa, historical hiragana かもがは)

  1. a city ( (shi)) in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, on the southeast of the Bōsō Peninsula; developed as a fishing village in the early Edo period, later becoming a seaside resort town
  2. the Kamo River in Kyōto Prefecture, Japan, a tributary of the 淀川 (Yodogawa, Yodo River)
  3. traditionally, the Kamo River downstream from the point of confluence with the Takano River (高野川, Takanogawa), with the upstream portion spelled either 賀茂川 or 加茂川 (both read as Kamogawa)
    The official spelling of the river name, both upstream and downstream, was unified as 鴨川 by a legal change in 1964. The use of may be ateji, however, as initial mentions of the river used the 賀茂川 spelling, and the surrounding area was controlled by the 賀茂 (Kamo) clan.

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