interjection, noun, takes する

Celebratory cheer, usu. while raising both arms in the air.
  1. banzai, hurray, hurrah, hooray.


  1. something to cheer about, something worthy of celebration.

noun, takes する

  1. giving up, throwing one's hands up.


  1. eternal life and prosperity.


Pronunciation Kanji Kana Is Common
万歳 ばんざい
万歳 ばんぜい
万才 ばんざい
万才 ばんぜい

Contained Kanji Breakdown

ten thousand, 10,000
バン マン よろず (2nd, N5)
one, one radical (no.1)
イチ いっ ひと- (1st, N5)
wrapping enclosure, wrapping radical (no. 20)
ホウ つつ.む (Kentei 1)
year-end, age, occasion
とし サイ セイ (7th, N3)
stop, halt
と.まる シ どめ (2nd, N4)
divining, fortune-telling, divination or katakana to radical (no. 25)
ボク うらな.う うらない (Kentei Pre-1)
sign of the dog, 7-9PM, eleventh sign of Chinese zodiac
いぬ ジュツ (Kentei 1)
5th calendar sign
つちのえ ボ ボウ (Kentei Pre-1)
katakana no radical (no. 4)
ヘツ えい よう (Kentei 1)
halberd, arms, festival car
ほこ カ ほこづくり (Kentei 1)
piling, ceremony radical (no. 56)
ヨク いぐるみ (Kentei 1)
one, one radical (no.1)
イチ いっ ひと- (1st, N5)
little, small
ショウ こ- ちい.さい (1st, N5)
feathered stick, barb radical (no. 6)
ケツ かぎ (Kentei 1)
eight, eight radical (no. 12)
ハチ や はっ (1st, N5)