神風

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
かみ
Grade: 3
かぜ
Grade: 2
kun'yomi

EtymologyEdit

kami “god, divine” + kaze “wind”

NounEdit

神風 (hiragana かみかぜ, romaji kamikaze)

  1. Literally “divine wind”, a name given to a typhoon that saved Japan from a Mongol invasion in the 13th century.

Derived termsEdit

  • 神風特別攻撃隊 (shinpū tokubetsu kōgeki tai)
  • 神風タクシー (kamikaze takushii)

Usage notesEdit

  • 神風 is also the ultimate source of the English word kamikaze, by a circuitous route. The characters appear in 神風特別攻撃隊, “神風 special attack unit”, the name of one kamikaze unit surely named after the typhoon but given the Sino-Japanese reading “shinpū”. However “shinpū” is not a word in its own right. The Japanese use the term “special attack unit” written in the abbreviated form 特攻隊 (tokkōtai) when referring to the WWII suicide pilots.

See alsoEdit

Last modified on 5 October 2013, at 14:12