ASL sign for: Japan

Meaning: Island nation in the northwest Pacific Ocean off the coast of east Asia.

This is a modern ASL sign, often used by global travelers and younger generations of signers.

This older ASL sign is a generational variation (used in the 1980s). Older ASL speakers prefer this sign for some reasons.

Related signs: JAPANESE, ASIA.

Signs for the cities in Japan: TOKYO, KYOTO. These are the loanwords from Japanese Sign Language as there were no signs in ASL (use fingerspelling).


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Georgraphy: There may be regional variations of some ASL words across the regions of North America. Note that many loanwords/signs are borrowed from other countries if not available in ASL.