ワ, イ, したが.う, まさ, やす, やまと

Yamato, ancient Japan

JLPT1 G13 S0 F2098

As per # (hang low) + person → short person/*dwarf* (viewed as hanging low; compare ). *Yamato* (ancient Japan) derives from the Chinese use of to refer to Japan or the Japanese. Afterwards, the Japanese replaced with , a homonym (in Japanese, though not in Chinese) with more positive associations. Other pejorative names for countries and their residents that involve shortness include 魏 and .

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