Re: always good for educational value
"today I learned that Nihon is the semi-official word for what we call Japan"
thanks for the link as well. I had no idea that 'Yamato' was an ancient name for Japan.
the kanji for 'Nihon' literally mans 'sun source' from what I understand. The 'hon' kanji can also mean 'book' and is part of the word 'hontou' meaning 'true' and so on. Lots of words seem to have the 'hon' kanji in them.
I'm not an expert, though, I just have an interest in it.