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Japanese and dialects

Japanese is used in Japan.

Dialects shown below:  Standard, Amami-Ooshima, Hiroshima, Kansai, Classical, and Old Japanese

top Standard Japanese

shown as normally written:

[Japanese as normally written]

shown with hiragana ruby text:

[Japanese with hiragana ruby text]

shown as traditionally written:

[Japanese as traditionally written]

Japanese language and dialect information at Wikipedia and Ethnologue

top Amami-Ooshima dialect of Japanese

Shima-guchi is used in Japan's Ryukyu region around Amami Ooshima Island.

[Amami-Ooshima dialect of Japanese]
top Hiroshima dialect of Japanese

Hiroshima-ben is used mainly in Hiroshima Prefecture and is similar to its sister dialects in the Chugoku region.
This translation is a southwestern variety of Hiroshima-ben.

[Hiroshima dialect of Japanese (women)] [Hiroshima dialect of Japanese (men)]
top Kansai dialect of Japanese

Kansai-ben is used in the Kansai region of Japan around Osaka, Kyoto, Okayama, Maizuru & Tottori.

[Kansai dialect of Japanese]

top Classical Japanese

[Classical Japanese]

Classical Japanese language information at Wikipedia

top Old Japanese

Old Japanese is the oldest attested stage of the Japanese language.

[Old Japanese]   [Old Japanese]

Old Japanese language information at Wikipedia

Japanese fonts in the Gallery of Unicode Fonts

Japanese language and dialect information at Wikipedia and Ethnologue

Writing system information at Omniglot

The four essential
travel phrases in English:

1) Where is my room?
2) Where is the beach?
3) Where is the bar?
4) Don't touch me there!
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