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Tsukuba Township Names

Author:Svitlana Grytsenko, Issue: December 2003, Topic: Maps

This article was made for foreigners to have a better understanding of the name of their township in Tsukuba. If your place is not on this list, you can try to find its meaning in the dictionary. A possible way to do it is to find on a map of Tsukuba the name of your place and a kanji for it and look in the dictionary for the meaning of a kanji. I used "The Kanji Dictionary" by Mark Spahn and Wolfgang Hadamitzky (you can find the information how to use it in October 2003 issue of Alien Times).

The letters in brackets are other pronunciations of the kanji, which can make your search in the dictionary easier or just help you not to be confused when you see the kanji for tree (KI) pronounced GI as in Teshirogi, for example. The possible meaning I give after explaining the kanji is my own understanding of their combinations. So, if you can make a better one - good for you!

Amakubo.
Sengen.

AMAKUBO
AMA - heavenly
KU - long (time)
BO (HO) - keep, preserve, maintain
Possible meaning: keep long (time) heavenly

SENGEN
SEN - thousand
GEN - present, existing, actual
Possible meaning: present thousand; existing thousand; actual thousand

Azuma.
Takezono.

AZUMA
A (GO) - my, our, one's own
ZUMA (tsuma) - wife
Possible meaning: my wife, one's own wife

TAKEZONO TAKE - bamboo
ZONO - garden
Possible meaning: bamboo's garden

Tennodai.

MATSUSHIRO
MATSU - pine
SHIRO - price; substitution; materials
Possible meaning: pine's price; pine's substitution; pine's materials

TENNODAI
TEN - sky, the heavens; heaven, nature, God
OU - king
DAI - stand, platform, base; tableland, heights; level, mark, (price/age) range; (counter for vehicles or machines)
Possible meaning: platform of the king's heaven

Ninomiya.
Teshirogi.

NINOMIYA
NI - two
NO - hiragana in this case is equivalent of English "of"
MIYA - palace; prince, princess
Possible meaning: palace of two

TESHIROGI TE - hand
SHIRO - price; substitution; materials
GI (KI) - tree, wood
Possible meaning: wooden hand

Oho.
Umezono.

OHO
OO - big, large, great
HO - ear/head of grain
Possible meaning: big ear; large head of grain

UMEZONO
UME - Japanese plum/apricot (tree)
ZONO - garden
Possible meaning: a garden of Japanese plum; apricot's garden

See the maps section of the AT website for a list of area names in Tsukuba.

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