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Sunshine / Sunlight

China rì guāng
Japan nikkou
Sunshine / Sunlight

日光 is the Japanese Kanji word for sunshine or sunlight.

This can also be the Japanese female given name Himi.


China yáng guāng
Japan you kou

陽光 is the Chinese word for sunshine.

陽光 is a more emotional word compared to another Asian word that means "sunlight." If you were going to sing a song, or write a poem, this is the word you would use.

Note: This is a rarely-used word in Korean or Japanese.

Sun / Solar

Also means Day, Sunshine, Sunlight, or Japan
Japan hi / nichi
Sun / Solar

日 is the word for sun. It also means day, and can refer to the day of the month when expressing the date.
Example: October 1st would be "10 Moons, 1 Sun."

日 is also the first Kanji for the title of Japan (in Chinese, Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja). Thus, this character is used as an adjective for things that are Japanese.
Ever heard of Japan being called, "The land of the rising sun"? Well, that's what the full title of Japan means.

Depending on context, this character can mean Sunshine or Sunlight.

Note: In Japanese, this Kanji has a variety of possible pronunciations. The pronunciation changed depending on context and how this Kanji is combined with other Kanji. When used alone, this is usually "hi" (pronounced like "hee") but sometimes it's "nichi." When combined, it can be "tsu," "ni," "ka," and a few others.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin/ ri4
Taiwan jih
Japanese hiru ひる
 hiyanagi ひやなぎ
 hinata ひなた
 hitohi ひとひ
 hidaka ひだか
 hitaga ひたが
 hitaka ひたか
 hizaki ひざき
 hisaki ひさき
 hikaru ひかる
 nisshuu / nisshu
 nichiren にっしゅう
 tachimori にっ
 takanichi にちれん
 jitsu たちもり
 kusayanagi たかにち
 kusanagi じつ
 akira くさやなぎ
Chinese sun; day; date, day of the month; abbr. for 日本[Ri4 ben3], Japan
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) (1) day; days; (2) sun; sunshine; sunlight; (3) case (esp. unfortunate); event; (1) (abbreviation) Sunday; (suffix) (2) day (of the month); (suf,ctr) (3) counter for days; (n,n-suf,n-pref) (4) (abbreviation) Japan; (suffix noun) (1) day of month; (counter) (2) counter for days; (surname) Hiru; (surname) Hiyanagi; (female given name) Hinata; (female given name) Hitohi; (surname) Hidaka; (surname) Hitaga; (surname) Hitaka; (surname) Hizaki; (surname) Hisaki; (female given name) Hikaru; (place-name) Hi; (given name) Nisshuu; (personal name) Nichiren; (place-name) Nichi; (surname) Tachimori; (surname) Takanichi; (given name) Jitsu; (surname) Kusayanagi; (surname) Kusa
sūrya; the sun; a day. 蘇利耶.
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Mandarin yáng guāng / yang2 guang1
Taiwan yang kuang
Japanese youkou / yoko ようこう
 youko / yoko ようこ
 hikari ひかり
 harumitsu はるみつ
 harumi はるみ
 akira あきら
 akimitsu あきみつ
 akimi あきみ
Chinese sunshine; CL:線|线[xian4]; transparent (open to public scrutiny)
Japanese sunshine; sunlight; (female given name) Youkou; (female given name) Youko; (female given name) Hikari; (given name) Harumitsu; (personal name) Harumi; (personal name) Akira; (personal name) Akimitsu; (female given name) Akimi
The sun's light, also idem陽燄 sun flames, or heat, i.e. the mirage causing the illusion of lakes; sunlight
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Mandarin yáng / yang2
Taiwan yang
Japanese youji / yoji ようじ
 you / yo よう
 yako やこ
 minami みなみ
 mahina まひな
 hiroshi ひろし
 himari ひまり
 hinata ひなた
 hina ひな
 hitaka ひたか
 hizashi ひざし
 hikaru ひかる
 hikari ひかり
 haruhi はるひ
 haruna はるな
 haruki はるき
 haruka はるか
 haru はる
 noboru のぼる
 takashi たかし
 kiyoshi きよし
 ataru あたる
 akira あきら
 akimi あきみ
 akiho あきほ
 aki あき
 akari あかり
Chinese positive (electric.); sun; male principle (Taoism); Yang, opposite: 陰|阴[yin1] ☯
Japanese (1) yang (i.e. the positive); (2) the open (i.e. a visible place); (n-adv,n-t) sun; sunshine; sunlight; (personal name) Youji; (surname, female given name) You; (surname) Yako; (surname, female given name) Minami; (female given name) Mahina; (given name) Hiroshi; (female given name) Himari; (female given name) Hinata; (female given name) Hina; (given name) Hitaka; (female given name) Hizashi; (surname, female given name) Hikaru; (female given name) Hikari; (personal name) Hi; (female given name) Haruhi; (female given name) Haruna; (female given name) Haruki; (female given name) Haruka; (surname, female given name) Haru; (given name) Nob
The side on which the sun shines, the sun, heat, this life, positive, masculine, dynamic, etc; yang

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Mandarin rì zhào / ri4 zhao4
Taiwan jih chao
Japanese hideri ひでり
 nisshou / nissho にっしょう
 terasu てらす
 akiteru あきてる
Chinese sunshine; Rizhao prefecture level city in Shandong
Japanese sunlight; (place-name) Hideri; (surname) Nisshou; (female given name) Terasu; (surname) Akiteru
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Japanese nisshouken / nisshoken にっしょうけん
Japanese the right to sunshine; in zoning, the right to have sunlight falling on one's building not be obstructed by new buildings

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
日光nikkou / nikorì guāng / ri4 guang1 / ri guang / riguang jih kuang / jihkuang
Sunshine 陽光
you kou / youkou / yo ko / yokoyáng guāng
yang2 guang1
yang guang
yang kuang
hi / nichirì / ri4 / ri jih
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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