Each have different usages, purposes and characteristics and all are necessary in Japanese writing. Most Japanese sentences you see will have combinations of hiragana and kanji and on occasion, katakana. Hiragana and katakana are unique to the Japanese language and we highly recommend students master these two systems first before beginning their Japanese language studies in Japan. Because of the three distinct characters used and the complicated varying usage, the Japanese written language is described as one of the most difficult languages to master. Japanese characters can be written both in columns going from top to bottom, with columns ordered from left as with traditional Chinese, or horizontally reading left to right, as in English.
Kanji are ideograms, i. By combining characters, more words can be created. For example, the combination of "electricity" with "car" means "train". There are tens of thousands of characters, of which to are required to understand newspapers. A set of characters has been officially declared as the "kanji for everyday use". Before the introduction of Chinese characters, no Japanese writing system existed. When adopting the characters, the Japanese did not only introduce the characters' original Chinese pronunciations, but also associated them with the corresponding, native Japanese words and their pronunciations.
All about Japanese characters: hiragana, katakana and kanji
The Japanese term kanji for the Chinese characters literally means " Han characters". Chinese characters first came to Japan on official seals, letters, swords, coins, mirrors, and other decorative items imported from China. The earliest Japanese documents were probably written by bilingual Chinese or Korean officials employed at the Yamato court. Later, groups of people called fuhito were organized under the monarch to read and write Classical Chinese.
Japan in Japanese is Nihon. This seems to be something that quite a lot of people are looking for online, which I find pretty interesting. But maybe you should! Take your interest in this word as a sign that you should learn Japanese.