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The word "Japan"

Postby Sapphiregirl » Thu 06.08.2006 6:30 pm

Umm, if i recall, the word for their country is Nihon. Where did Japan come from?
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RE: The word "Japan"

Postby becks23 » Thu 06.08.2006 6:42 pm

Nihon or Nippon is Japanese, Japan is English. Natively it's known as Nihon or Nippon. It's the same with China(Zhonggou in Chinese)
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RE: The word "Japan"

Postby Sapphiregirl » Thu 06.08.2006 6:46 pm

That may be the case, but were did we get the word JAPAN from?
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RE: The word "Japan"

Postby coco » Thu 06.08.2006 6:52 pm

Origin of "Japan"
See zengargoyle-san's Link on this thread.

日本
The name of Japan
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RE: The word "Japan"

Postby richvh » Thu 06.08.2006 7:01 pm

From this page:
The origin of the word "Japan" used in western languages is less clear. One theory holds that it came from the Portuguese "jipang", which in turn was an attempt to pronounce "Jihpenkuo", the name for Japan used in northern China. Another idea is that Dutch traders pronounced "Yatpun", the name used in southern China, as "Japan" (the 'j' being pronounced like a 'y').

However, the above doesn't take into consideration Marco Polo's mention of Cipangu. Whatever the derivation route was, it's pretty clear that ultimately it's derived from a Chinese reading of 日本。
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RE: The word "Japan"

Postby Sapphiregirl » Thu 06.08.2006 7:03 pm

Umm, i guess that makes since.:D >Satisfied with answer<

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