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|Kanji in this term|
- (dated) the Japanese language
- a Japanese word of ancient Japanese origin, such as 見る (miru, “to look, to see”), 光 (hikari, “shining, brightness”), or 桜 (sakura, “cherry tree, cherry blossom”)
Wago may be written in kanji, kana, or both, and are read with the 訓読み (kun’yomi, “native Japanese reading”, literally “meaning reading”). Contrast with 漢語 (kango, “Japanese word of Chinese origin”, literally “Han Chinese word”).
- 漢語 (kango): Japanese words of Chinese origin
- 外来語 (gairaigo): foreign words (generally more recent borrowings from other languages)