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Etymology 1Edit

Kanji in this term

Grade: 5
きょう
Grade: 6
kan’on
Alternative spelling 古郷

/kokjau//kokʲɔː//kokʲoː/

From Middle Chinese 故鄉 (MC kuoH hɨɐŋ).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

故郷 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 故鄕, hiragana こきょう, rōmaji kokyō, historical hiragana こきやう)

  1. a hometown, homeland
    Synonym: 郷里 (kyōri)
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Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term
Grade: 5 さと
Grade: 6
Irregular kun’yomi

From ふるさと (furusato, hometown).

Proper nounEdit

故郷 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 故鄕, hiragana ふるさと, rōmaji Furusato)

  1. a popular song presented in 1914 by the former 文部省 (Monbu-shō, Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture):
     (うさぎ) ()ひしかの (やま)  () (ぶな) ()りしかの (かは)  (ゆめ) (いま)もめぐりて  (わす) (がた)故郷 (ふるさと)
    usagi oishi ka no yama, kobuna tsurishi ka no kawa, yume wa ima mo megurite, wasuregataki furusato
    That hill where I chased rabbits, that river where I fished for carp, even now they appear like a dream, the furusato I can't forget.[2]
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Etymology 3Edit

Kanji in this term
Grade: 5 さと
Grade: 6
Irregular kun’yomi
For pronunciation and definitions of 故郷 – see the following entry at ふるさと.
ふるさと【古里・故里・故郷】
[noun]a homeland, hometown (place one was born and/or raised)
[noun]a familiar place one has lived, stayed, or visited in the past
[noun]an ancient city, usually crumbling or already in ruins, that once prospered
[noun](figuratively) a holy ground
[noun](archaic) one's house or home
[noun](slang) female genitalia
(This term, 故郷, is a kanji spelling of ふるさと.)

Etymology 4Edit

Kanji in this term
Grade: 5 Grade: 6
jukujikun

NounEdit

故郷 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 故鄕, hiragana くに, rōmaji kuni)

  1. (poetic) Alternative spelling of (kuni): country

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  2. ^ Martin Dussinbere (2013), “Searching for Furusato in Kaminoseki”, in Christopher Gerteis, Timothy S. George, editors, Japan Since 1945: From Postwar to Post-Bubble, A&C Black, →ISBN, page 48