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From Middle Chinese compound 國學 (kwok hæwk, nation + learning). Compare modern simplified Mandarin 国学 (guóxué).



国学 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 國學, hiragana こくがく, romaji kokugaku)

  1. The study of ancient Japan, particularly the early Japanese classics, such as the Nihon Shoki and the Kojiki. Arose during the Edo period as a move away from the study of China.
    Note that this term means sinology in Chinese contexts.
  2. Schools established in the kuni or provinces of Japan under the old Ritsuryō system.
  3. In ancient China, schools established in the national capital.

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  1. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3