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·Special terms and concepts used althroughout, defined.

  • さん San - A title added to the ending of the names, it's used formally to refer to a Mr., Mrs. or Ms.

Example: Yuko-san


  • 君 くん Kun - This suffix is used by women to refer to young men, not for other women. Means "young"

Example: Syaoran-kun; "Young" Syaoran


  • ちゃん Chan - This one is affectional and commonly used for little kids, pets, also used for boys when they refer to girls, but it's not used with boys.

Example: Sakura-chan


  • 様 さま Sama - This suffix shows more respect than さんsan, it also means Mr. Mrs. or Ms. But it's used in more formal occasions.
  • Tan - Childish way of "Chan", reserved when talking about little girls.

Example: Kuro-tan

  • Hime - Princess
  • Amenosa - In Koryo Country, an inspector that visits each of the regions ruled by a Ryanban. He is separate from the government and is not supposed to interfere in the everday business of the region. His job is to inspect, thus making it necessary for him to travel to different countries. Nobody knows when or where the amenosa will arrive, which is why Chunyan suspected Syaoran and the rest to be the amenosa because of their strange outfits.
  • Ameterasu - She is a Shinto sun goddess and the mythical ancestress of the Royal family of Japan. Her first appearance was in the Suwa Province arc, she is portrayed to be the Empress of Japan and Tomoyo-Hime's sister. (A crossover character from RG Veda)
  • Fuugatsu - "Wind Moon" Name of the Hanshin restaurant where Masayoshi takes Syaoran, Fye and Kurogane, and where Touya and Yukito also work as waiters.
  • Hitsuzen - A naturally foreordained event; commonly known as destiny, the "unevitable". A state in which other outcomes are impossible. A result which can only be obtained by a single causality, and other causalities would necessarily create different results. (N.B. xxxHolic vol. 1, Del Rey, 2004) First uttered by Yuuko when Watanuki enters her shop (in xxxHolic), and repeated again when Syaoran, Fai and Kurogane arrive within mere seconds of each other. Actually, in an interesting bit of trivia, Yuuko was not the first CLAMP character to mention the idea of hitsuzen, as this was said in Card Captor Sakura by Kaho, and it's also a phrase from Clow Reed.
  • Kagamiwari - (alt. kagamibiraki) The sake cask breaking ceremony as seen during the wedding in Chapitre 68. This is a special ritual celebrated in special events such as New Year's, weddings, anniversaries, or openings of new businesses. Literally translated, it means "breaking the mirror," with the circular lid of the sake cask (as the mirror) being broken open by the guest of honor using a large wooden mallet.
  • Koko - Hanshin currency.
  • Kudan - Beings (or spirits) that haunt the people of Hanshin. They come in various types, and have different classes according to the power. They range from the 4th class types (very weak) to special type (very strong). One doesn't need to be a citizen of Hanshin to have a kudan; since it only takes to enter the city to get one.
  • Manjyu - A Japanese steamed rice cake, usually with bean filling (anko). Kurogane often calls Mokona by this term mostly because it resembles a fluffy white rice cake.
  • Mekyou - the sfx that Mokona makes whenever it detects one of Sakura's feathers.
  • Miko - A Shinto shrine maiden. They are often the daughters of the priests who worked in the shrine. Common roles include assisting the priest in rituals (e.g. weddings) and performing ceremonial dances. It is important to understand that Shinto religion believes that evil is caused by spirits, hence the purpose of most Shinto rituals performed by the miko is to keep away evil spirits by purification, prayers and offerings. Kurogane's mother and Tsukuyomi (Tomoyo-hime) are both mikos.
  • Negi - the dice game that Sakura played in the marketplace in Koryo Country. Also called saikoro.
  • Okonomiyaki - a Japanese pancake, which also happens to the specialty of the the country of Hanshin. Masayoshi takes the three heroes to a restaurant so that they could have a taste of this dish.
  • Ryanban - "Jurisdictional lord" In Koryo Country, this is the person who is in charge of ruling over the town. The current Ryanban is abusing his power and becoming a tyrannt governor.
  • Shinban - "Master of the Secret Arts" Chunyan's mother was a Shinban of Koryo Country. She was able to perform magic, cast charms, and make medicine.
  • Tayuu - title for Karen in Shura Country. There are multiple meanings for this word, which include (1) leading actor in a Noh play; (2) Edo-period courtesan; (3) ancient official. Some translators have chosen the first meaning, as Karen is the leading performer in Suzuran's troupe, but knowing Karen's previous occupation in X, the second definition may also be applicable.
  • Tsukuyomi - The Shinto moon god and brother of Ameterasu. In Japanese myth, the fight between Ameterasu and Tsukuyomi explains why there is night and day. In the Suwa Arc, it's revealed that Tsukuyomi is the official name of Tomoyo, the princess of Shirasaki Castle in Nihon.
  • White Day - March 15, which is exactly a month after Valentine's Day. In Japan, White Day is the holiday where the men reciprocate the gifts & chocolate that the women gave them on Valentine's Day. In Tsubasa, Yuuko is upset that Syaoran, Kurogane, and Fai didn't reciprocate her Valentine's gift of chocolate fondant and is withholding their clothes till they give her a White Day's gift.

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