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See also: 神风

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ChineseEdit

 
God; unusual; mysterious; soul; spirit; divine essence; lively; spiritual being
 
wind; news; style; custom; manner
trad. (神風)
simp. (神风)
anagram 風神风神

PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

神風

  1. kamikaze

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, rōmaji kamikaze)

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

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.

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