Post Reply Can "akatsuki" translate to "twilight"?
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Posted 3/8/17
Twilight can mean dawn or dusk. Since "akatsuki" means dawm or daybreak, can "akatsuki" translate to twilight?
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Posted 3/8/17
Let's go with 'no'.
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Posted 3/8/17 , edited 3/8/17
I don't think that would be a proper translation since "akatsuki" refers to the time of day, namely daybreak.

Twilight is the actual glow the sun casts during sunset and sunrise. I could be wrong but to my understanding of the definition it''s not a reference to the time of the day. It's just those are the times when you can see twilight.
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Posted 3/8/17
I would say it can actually. Twilight can mean the physical glow, but it can also refer to a time of day in English, which is more like "akatsuki". The more I studied languages, the more I realized that literal 1:1 translations almost never occur. Honestly, even in the same language meanings differ greatly based on region, person, context, and circumstance. So it CAN translate to that, but not always so.
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Posted 3/8/17
I always thought it meant Dawn, but hell if I know, I don't know any Japanese
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Posted 3/9/17 , edited 3/9/17
No, it only means "dawn" or "daybreak". See http://jisho.org/search/akatsuki.

For "twilight", see http://jisho.org/search/twilight.
Possibilities are 'higure', 'yuugure', or 'tasogare', but the kanji in those words are associated with 'evening', especially 'yuugure'. You might want to ask in a Japanese forum if you're looking for a word for the twilight associated with dawn. Maybe 'yoake', 'akegata', or 'hakumei'.
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Posted 3/10/17
薄明かり (usuakari) may be an option. It translates as "dim or faint light; half-light of early morning; twilight."
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Posted 3/10/17
^That's a good one.

There's also this obscure kanji: 曈
meaning "twilight just before sunrise"
http://jisho.org/search/%E6%9B%88%20%23kanji
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