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to go; to do; capable; all right; competent; OK; okay; to travel; temporary; to walk; will do; behavior; conduct; a row; profession; professional
square; quadrilateral; place; region; direction; side; method; way; prescription; power; upright; just
simp. and trad.
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Orthographic borrowing from Japanese 行方 (Namegata).


Proper nounEdit


  1. () Namegata (a city in Ibaraki, Japan)


Kanji in this term
Grade: 2

Grade: 2

Etymology 1Edit

⟨yukupe1 → */jukupʲe//jukuɸe//jukuwe//jukue/

From Old Japanese.

From verb 行く (yuku, to go) +‎ (-he, direction, location).

Alternative formsEdit



行方 (hiragana ゆくえ, rōmaji yukue, historical hiragana ゆくへ)

  1. one's whereabouts, direction or destination
    • 1205, Shin Kokin Wakashū (book 11, poem 1071, also Hyakunin Isshu, poem 46)
       () () () (わた)舟人 (ふなびと)かぢを ()ゆくへ ()らぬ (こひ) (みち)かな
      Yura-no-to o wataru funabito kaji o tae yukue mo shiranu koi no michi kana
      Like a boatman who crosses Yura Strait not knowing where he goes after losing his oar, I am lost on the path of love.[2]
  2. one's outlook, outcome, or future
    • 1992, Kanako Oda (lyrics), Tetsuya Komoro (music), “ムーンライト伝説 [Moonlight Legend]”, performed by Dali:
      星座 (せいざ) (またた) (かぞ) (うらな) (こい) (ゆく) ()  (おな) () () ()まれたのミラクル・ロマンス
      seiza no matataki kazoe uranau koi no yukue onaji kuni ni umareta no mirakuru romansu
      Counting the twinkling constellations and predicting love's outcome. Born on this same Earth, a miracle romance.
  3. one's descendant or offspring
  4. (archaic, women's speech) Synonym of ぜに (zeni): a round coin with a square hole in the center
Derived termsEdit

Proper nounEdit

行方 (hiragana ゆくえ, rōmaji Yukue, historical hiragana ゆくへ)

  1. a surname

Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term
Grade: 2 かた > がた
Grade: 2
Irregular kun’yomi
ateji (当て字)
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Also spelled Namekata (without rendaku) in older texts. (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)

Proper nounEdit

行方 (hiragana なめがた, rōmaji Namegata)

  1. a placename, especially of a city in Ibaraki Prefecture
  2. a surname

Etymology 3Edit

Other various nanori readings.

Proper nounEdit

行方 (hiragana いくかた, rōmaji Ikukata)

  1. a surname​.

行方 (hiragana ぎょうほう, rōmaji Gyōhō, historical hiragana ぎやうはう)

  1. a placename
  2. a surname​.

行方 (hiragana なみかた, rōmaji Namikata)

  1. a surname​.

行方 (hiragana ひじかた, rōmaji Hijikata, historical hiragana ひぢかた)

  1. a surname​.

行方 (hiragana ゆきかた, rōmaji Yukikata)

  1. a surname​.
  2. a unisex given name

行方 (hiragana ゆきがた, rōmaji Yukigata)

  1. a surname​.

行方 (hiragana ゆくがた, rōmaji Yukugata)

  1. a surname​.


  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  2. ^ Janet Emily Goff (2014) Noh Drama and "The Tale of the Genji": The Art of Allusion in Fifteen Classical Plays (Princeton Legacy Library), annotated edition, Princeton University Press, →ISBN, page 243

Old JapaneseEdit


From 行く (yuku, to go) +‎ (-pe1, direction, location).


行方 (yukupe1) (kana ゆくへ)

  1. one's whereabouts, direction or destination
    • c. 759, Man'yōshū (book 3, poem 264), text here
      mono2no2pu no2 yaso1-Udigapa no2 aziro1ki2 ni isayo1pu nami1 no2 yukupe1 sirazu mo
      The waves that swirl in the fishing weirs on the Uji river of the eighty clans of warriors, know not where to go.[1]
  2. one's outlook, outcome, or future
    • c. 759, Man'yōshū (book 11, poem 2723), text here
      amata aranu na wo si mo wosimi1 umoregi2 no2 sitayu so2ko1puru yukupe1 sirazute
      (please add an English translation of this usage example)

Derived termsEdit


  • Japanese: 行方 (yukue)


  1. ^ Anne Commons (2009) Hitomaro: Poet As God (Volume 31 of Brill's Japanese Studies Library), illustrated edition, BRILL, →ISBN, page 87