Japanese dialects

dialect in the Japanese language

Japanese dialects (日本の方言, Nihon no hōgen) are the dialects of the Japanese language. There are four dialect groups in mainland Japan: Hachijō, Eastern (including Tokyo), Western (including Kyoto) and Kyushu.

The Ryukyuan languages of Okinawa Prefecture (and parts of Kagoshima Prefecture) are not dialects of Japanese and a Japanese speaker wouldn't understand them.[1]

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  1. Heinrich, Patrick (2014-08-25). "Use them or lose them: There's more at stake than language in reviving Ryukyuan tongues". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2020-01-30.