[Japanese language] What are 〇 and × ?

Surely you have seen these marks 〇 and × in anime.


〇 is maru which means yes, right, correct,etc

× is batsu which means no, wrong, bad,etc.


You may know these gestures.


When you take a exam, your teacher will mark it like this.

And we can write “×” in another style.

So check mark ✔ is NOT for correct in Japan.

It may confuse you.



A new anime series “Nana maru san batsu” will be aired from July 2017.

Official site

This title means 7〇 3× and its logo is composed with 〇 and ×.

Its story describes about competitions of quiz.


Ok, you should join it.

You keep 2 plates in your hands.

Pose you a question.

Your answer ?

Yes, you are correct !


And I add one more mark, △(sankaku).

It means not good.

〇: good

△: not good

×: bad


It confused you more?


When you learn very well, teacher gives you special maru called hanamaru (flower + maru).


Hanamaru is an honor for kids!

You can find it in anime.


The anime series of Touken ranbu is given the name “Touken ranbu – Hanamaru-“.


One of the girls in Love Live Sunshine is Hanamaru Kunikida.


So we thank you very much for your visiting to our site.

We send you maru !


See also;

[Japanese language] 男の子Otokonoko and 男の娘Otokonoko

[Japanese Language] Honorific titles- Kun/Chan/ San(くん/ちゃん/さん)

[Goods] Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru art book



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