In the previous entry I talked a little about 東 (East). Here I will cover the kun’yomi readings for all four compass points, with some more example words/phrases.
I also briefly mentioned the existence of on’yomi and kun’yomi readings. This is something that will come up often on here and I recommend reading this thorough Tofugu article for more context if you want to be on top of it, but that’s not necessary right now if you just want to learn some vocab. I used kun’yomi readings in the below and in the next entry will give some examples using on’yomi.
“eki no kitagawa”
the north side of the station
“fune wa massugu kita ni mukatte iru”
the ship is bearing due north
“nagoya wa kyōto no higashinohō ni aru”
Nagoya is to the east of Kyoto
“minami afurika no zūrū-zoku wa dokuji no gengo o motte iru”
the Zulu tribe in South Africa has its own language
“ressha wa nishi e hashitte ita”
the train was hurrying west
Hey! Why did you say また午後にね?
また午後にね = “mata gogo ni ne!” = see you this afternoon. Today I am posting one entry in the morning and one in the afternoon. They are a pair! 🙂 I am not sure how common また午後にね is as a stock phrase so I would advise being slightly cautious with it, even though it ought to be clear and grammatical.
Image credit: The cover photo is the centre panel from the game Mahjong Soul, which I quite enjoy playing. If you play on the Asian server then more of the details are in Japanese/Chinese characters, such as these stylised compass points representing the “winds”.