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Alternative formsEdit


Compound of 重箱 (jūbako, tiered boxes) +‎ 読み (yomi, reading, pronunciation). For the way in which the word 重箱 is read with an on'yomi for the first kanji and a kun'yomi for the second kanji.



重箱読み (hiragana じゅうばこよみ, rōmaji jūbakoyomi, historical hiragana ぢゆうばこよみ)

  1. (linguistics) a reading pattern for kanji-compound words, using the Chinese-derived on'yomi for the first portion, and the native Japanese kun'yomi for the second portion

Usage notesEdit

Defined in some sources[1] as applying only to two-character terms. Other sources[4] define this as also applying more broadly to any single word where the first portion is read with the on and the second portion with the kun. No sources define this as applying to multi-word terms.

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 1997, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13143-0
  4. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan