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The word ichiban in kanji script

Ichiban (一番?) means 'first' in Japanese. The Japanese language has numerous numeric suffixes that are used depending on the subject matter;[1][2] "-ban" is only one of many ways to turn "ichi" ("one") into "first".

It can also refer to:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kena Sosa (1 June 2010), Mastering Japanese Counters—Different Endings for Counting Different Categories of Things, retrieved 2011-04-16 
  2. ^ minteh (2009-02-13), "How do you say "first", "second", "third" and so on in Japanese?", Yahoo! Answers, retrieved 2011-04-16 
  3. ^ Ichiban Moto eblog, retrieved 2014-01-13