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Type Settlement
Usage Japanese
Scripts 天理(Japanese Kanji) てんり(Japanese Hiragana) テンリ(Japanese Katakana)
Pronounced Pron. TEN-ṘEE  [key]

Meaning & History

This is the name of a city in Nara prefecture which used to be (briefly) the capital of Japan under the reign of Emperor Ninken (probably reigned from 488–498).

The kanji used are 天 (ten, ama-, amatsu, ame) meaning "heavens, imperial, sky" and 理 (ri, kotowari) meaning "arrangement, justice, logic, reason, truth."

As a word, Tenri (天理) means "natural laws, rule of heaven."

Tenri is also used as a feminine given name.
Added 3/22/2015 by m4yb3_daijirou
Edited 3/9/2020 by Mike C and m4yb3_daijirou