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Japanese Word for "Bear"

The Japanese word for now is kuma. It's pronounced "koo-mah".

Here's the kanji for kuma:

The kanji for now--pronounced ee-mah

Here's how to write the Japanese word for bear, kuma, in hiragana:

Hiragana for ku, pronounced koo Hiragana for ma, pronounced mah

When the kanji for "white" is written before before the kanji for bear, it means "polar bear", pronounced in Japanese "shirokuma".

Click here to check out how to say and write more Japanese words

Did you know...
A snack food you can get in Japan is roasted baby crabs, cooked whole in their shells.

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