十八番

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
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Irregular

Etymology[edit]

Literally "a box", the kanji used to write it mean "number 18". From the fact that the Ichikawa family of kabuki performers would store their kabuki jūhachiban scripts in a box.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

十八番 (hiragana おはこ, rōmaji ohako)

  1. a special talent or skill that one is good at
  2. an act or expression that one often does