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Namae (名前 – Name)

  • Namae


    Almost everything has 名前 (namae).

    名前 (namae) is a term given to a thing or person, and is used for identification.

    Since 前 (mae) is a term that means “organized,” “complete,” or “formal,” you can say just 名 (na) instead of 名前 (namae).

    There is a theory about the etymology about 名 (na) — it comes from 音 (ne), which means “sound” — but whether or not it’s true is unclear.

    Incidentally, a Japanese animated film 君の名は (Kimi no Na Wa – Your Name) was broadcast via television two days ago.

    It was a very impressive movie.

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