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River

China chuān
Japan kawa
River

川 means river or stream in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

In Japanese, this can be a surname when pronounced as Sakigawa.

Ishikawa

Japan ishikawa
Ishikawa

石川 is the Japanese surname, Ishikawa.

This can also refer to the Ishikawa prefecture of the Hokuriku area.

Kawasaki

China chuān qí
Japan kawa saki
Kawasaki

This Japanese name romanizes as Kawasaki.

These are the same Kanji used for the motorcycle manufacturer, the surname, and a city in Japan. Other than Kawasaki, as a surname, this can also be romanized/pronounced as Yamazaki or Hanedabouru. Some also write Kawazaki instead of Kawasaki.


In Chinese, this will be read as a Japanese surname/place-name. Some in China will also be familiar with Kawazaki motorcycles.

Kingfisher

Japan kawasemi
Kingfisher

川蝉 is a common Japanese title for the kingfisher (Alcedo atthis).

There are a few ways to name this little greenish bird in Japanese, so be aware, this is not the only or absolute kingfisher title.


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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin chuān / chuan1
Taiwan ch`uan / chuan
Japanese sakigawa / さきがわ    gawa / がわ    kawayanagi / かわやなぎ    kawataka / かわたか    kawazumi / かわずみ    kawasumi / かわすみ    kawazaki / かわざき    kawasaki / かわさき    kawakatsu / かわかつ    kawa / かわ
Kingfisher
Chinese river; creek; plain; an area of level country; abbr. for Sichuan Province 四[Si4 chuan1] in southwest China
Japanese (suffix) the .... river; (suffix used with the names of rivers); (1) river; stream; (suffix) (2) the .... river; (suffix used with the names of rivers); (surname) Sakigawa; (place-name) Gawa; (surname) Kawayanagi; (surname) Kawataka; (personal name) Kawazumi; (personal name) Kawasumi; (surname) Kawazaki; (surname) Kawasaki; (personal name) Kawakatsu; (surname) Kawa
A stream, a mountain stream; Ssu-ch'uan province; rivers

川崎

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Mandarin chuān qí / chuan1 qi2
Taiwan ch`uan ch`i / chuan chi
Japanese kawasaki / かわさき
Kingfisher
Chinese Kawasaki (name)
Japanese Kawasaki (city); (surname) Yamazaki; (surname) Hanedabouru; (surname) Kawazaki; (place-name, surname) Kawasaki

川蝉

see styles
Japanese kawasemi / かわせみ
Kingfisher
Japanese kingfisher (esp. the common kingfisher, Alcedo atthis)

石川

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Mandarin shí chuān / shi2 chuan1
Taiwan shih ch`uan / shih chuan
Japanese nakawa / なかわ    ishiko / いしこ    ishigawa / いしがわ    ishikawa / いしかわ    ishii / ishi / いしい
Kingfisher
Chinese Ishikawa (Japanese surname and place name)
Japanese (surname) Nakawa; (surname) Ishiko; (surname) Ishigawa; (place-name, surname) Ishikawa; (surname) Ishii

中川

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Mandarin zhōng chuān / zhong1 chuan1
Taiwan chung ch`uan / chung chuan
Japanese nokaga / のかが    nakanokawa / なかのかわ    nakagawa / なかがわ    nakagaha / なかがは    nakaga / なかが    nakakawa / なかかわ
Chinese Nakagawa (Japanese surname and place name)
Japanese (surname) Nokaga; (place-name) Nakanokawa; (place-name, surname) Nakagawa; (surname) Nakagaha; (surname) Nakaga; (surname) Nakakawa

仁川

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Mandarin rén chuān / ren2 chuan1
Taiwan jen ch`uan / jen chuan
Japanese nigawa / にがわ    nikawa / にかわ
Chinese Incheon Metropolitan City in Gyeonggi Province 京畿道[Jing1 ji1 dao4], South Korea
Japanese (place-name, surname) Nigawa; (surname) Nikawa

伊川

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Mandarin yī chuān / yi1 chuan1
Taiwan i ch`uan / i chuan
Japanese igawa / いがわ    ikawa / いかわ
Chinese Yichuan county in Luoyang 洛陽|洛阳, Henan
Japanese (surname) Igawa; (place-name, surname) Ikawa

冰川

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Mandarin bīng chuān / bing1 chuan1
Taiwan ping ch`uan / ping chuan
Chinese glacier

利川

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Mandarin lì chuān / li4 chuan1
Taiwan li ch`uan / li chuan
Japanese rikawa / りかわ    toshigawa / としがわ    toshikawa / としかわ    toshikaso / としかそ    togawa / とがわ    kagakawa / かがかわ
Chinese Lichuan county level city in Enshi Tujia and Miao autonomous prefecture 恩施土家族苗族自治州[En1 shi1 Tu3 jia1 zu2 Miao2 zu2 zi4 zhi4 zhou1], Hubei
Japanese (surname) Rikawa; (surname) Toshigawa; (surname, given name) Toshikawa; (surname) Toshikaso; (surname) Togawa; (personal name) Kagakawa

劍川


剑川

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Mandarin jiàn chuān / jian4 chuan1
Taiwan chien ch`uan / chien chuan
Chinese Jianchuan county in Dali Bai autonomous prefecture 大理白族自治州[Da4 li3 Bai2 zu2 zi4 zhi4 zhou1], Yunnan

北川

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Mandarin běi chuān / bei3 chuan1
Taiwan pei ch`uan / pei chuan
Japanese hotsukawa / ほつかわ    hokkawa / ほっかわ    kitegawa / きてがわ    kitago / きたご    kitagawa / きたがわ    kitakawa / きたかわ
Chinese Beichuan county level city in Mianyang prefecture 綿陽|绵阳, Sichuan
Japanese (place-name) Hotsukawa; (place-name) Hokkawa; (surname) Kitegawa; (place-name) Kitago; (place-name, surname) Kitagawa; (place-name, surname) Kitakawa

匯川


汇川

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Mandarin huì chuān / hui4 chuan1
Taiwan hui ch`uan / hui chuan
Chinese Huichuan district of Zun'yi city 遵義市|遵义市[Zun1 yi4 shi4], Guizhou

南川

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Mandarin nán chuān / nan2 chuan1
Taiwan nan ch`uan / nan chuan
Japanese minamigawa / みなみがわ    minamikawa / みなみかわ    minagawa / みながわ    minakawa / みなかわ    nansen / なんせん    nangawa / なんがわ    nankawa / なんかわ    namikawa / なみかわ    nagawa / ながわ
Chinese Nanchuan district of Fuling suburbs of Chongqing municipality, formerly in Sichuan
Japanese (place-name, surname) Minamigawa; (place-name, surname) Minamikawa; (place-name, surname) Minagawa; (place-name) Minakawa; (given name) Nansen; (surname) Nangawa; (place-name, surname) Nankawa; (surname) Namikawa; (surname) Nagawa

古川

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Japanese furugawa / ふるがわ    furukawa / ふるかわ    furukaha / ふるかは    kosen / こせん    kogawa / こがわ    koga / こが    kokawa / こかわ Japanese old river; (surname) Furugawa; (place-name, surname) Furukawa; (surname) Furukaha; (given name) Kosen; (surname) Kogawa; (surname) Koga; (place-name, surname) Kokawa

合川

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Mandarin hé chuān / he2 chuan1
Taiwan ho ch`uan / ho chuan
Japanese gougawa / gogawa / ごうがわ    aigawa / あいがわ    aikawa / あいかわ
Chinese Hechuan suburban district of Chongqing municipality, formerly in Sichuan
Japanese (place-name) Gougawa; (surname) Aigawa; (place-name, surname) Aikawa

吳川


吴川

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Mandarin wú chuān / wu2 chuan1
Taiwan wu ch`uan / wu chuan
Chinese Wuchuan county level city in Zhanjiang 湛江[Zhan4 jiang1], Guangdong

品川

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Mandarin pǐn chuān / pin3 chuan1
Taiwan p`in ch`uan / pin chuan
Japanese shinagawa / しながわ    shinakawa / しなかわ
Chinese Shinagawa River; Shinagawa district of Tokyo
Japanese (place-name, surname) Shinagawa; (place-name, surname) Shinakawa

四川

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Mandarin sì chuān / si4 chuan1
Taiwan ssu ch`uan / ssu chuan
Japanese shisen / しせん
Chinese Sichuan province (Szechuan) in southwest China, abbr. or 蜀, capital Chengdu 成都
Japanese Sichuan (China); Szechuan; Szechwan; (surname) Yoshikawa; (place-name) Sichuan (China); Szechuan; Szechwan
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

堀川

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Japanese horikawa / ほりかわ Japanese canal; (surname) Horigawa; (place-name, surname) Horikawa

大川

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Japanese ookawa;taisen / おおかわ;たいせん Japanese (See 大河) big river; (surname) Daikawa; (given name) Taisen; (personal name) Ogawa; (surname) Okawa; (place-name, surname) Oogawa; (place-name, surname) Ookawa

宜川

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Mandarin yí chuān / yi2 chuan1
Taiwan i ch`uan / i chuan
Japanese gikawa / ぎかわ
Chinese Yichuan county in Yan'an 延安[Yan2 an1], Shaanxi
Japanese (surname) Gikawa

小川

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Mandarin xiǎo chuān / xiao3 chuan1
Taiwan hsiao ch`uan / hsiao chuan
Japanese ogawa / おがわ
Chinese Ogawa (Japanese surname)
Japanese streamlet; brook; (place-name, surname) Kogawa; (surname, given name) Koga; (surname) Kokawa; (surname) Ozawa; (place-name, surname) Ogawa; (surname) Okawa

山川

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Japanese yamagawa / やまがわ    sansen(p);yamakawa / さんせん(P);やまかわ Japanese mountain rivers; mountains and rivers; (place-name) Yamago; (place-name, surname) Yamagawa; (place-name, surname) Yamakawa

崇川

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Mandarin chóng chuān / chong2 chuan1
Taiwan ch`ung ch`uan / chung chuan
Chinese Chongchuan district of Nantong city 南通市[Nan2 tong1 shi4], Jiangsu

川べ

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Japanese kawabe / かわべ Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) riverside; edge of a river

川上

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Japanese kawakami / かわかみ Japanese (See 川下) upper reaches of a river; upstream; (surname) Kawagami; (place-name, surname) Kawakami; (place-name, surname) Kawaue; (place-name) Kaore

川下

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Japanese kawashimo / かわしも Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (See 川上) downstream; (surname) Kawamoto; (place-name, surname) Kawashimo; (place-name, surname) Kawashita; (place-name) Kawakudari

川劇


川剧

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Mandarin chuān jù / chuan1 ju4
Taiwan ch`uan chü / chuan chü
Chinese Sichuan opera

川匯


川汇

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Mandarin chuān huì / chuan1 hui4
Taiwan ch`uan hui / chuan hui
Chinese Chuanhui district of Zhoukou city 周口市[Zhou1 kou3 shi4], Henan

川原

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Japanese koubara / kobara / こうばら    kawawazaki / かわわざき    kawarazaki / かわらざき    kawarasaki / かわらさき    kawara / かわら    kawabaru / かわばる    kawabara / かわばら    kawaharazaki / かわはらざき    kawaharasaki / かわはらさき    kawahara / かわはら Japanese dry river bed; river beach; (personal name) Koubara; (surname) Kawawazaki; (surname) Kawarazaki; (surname) Kawarasaki; (place-name, surname) Kawara; (place-name) Kawabaru; (surname) Kawabara; (surname) Kawaharazaki; (surname) Kawaharasaki; (place-name, surname) Kawahara

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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
Riverkawachuān / chuan1 / chuanch`uan / chuan
Ishikawa石川ishikawa
Kawasaki川崎kawa saki / kawasakichuān qí / chuan1 qi2 / chuan qi / chuanqich`uan ch`i / chuanchi / chuan chi
Kingfisher川蝉kawasemi



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