2-Character Japanese words that work in either order (reversible kanji order)

In Japanese by Jeremy Arns

There are some 2 character Japanese words that work in either order and are still words, even when you reverse the order of the two characters. For most 2 character words this wouldn’t work, but here is a list of some of them!

1)
本日 (this day; ほんじつ; honjitsu)
日本
(Japan; にほん; nihon)

2)
会社 (company, corporation; かいしゃ; kaisha)
社会
(society; しゃかい; shakai)

3)
王女 (princess; おうじょ; oujo)
女王
(queen; じょおう; joou)

4)
外国 (foreign country; がいこく; gaikoku)
国外
(outside of the country; こくがい; kokugai)

5)
温室 (greenhouse; おんしつ; onshitsu)
室温
(room temperature; しつおん; shitsuon)

6)
牛乳 (milk; ぎゅうにゅう; gyuunyuu)
乳牛
(milk cow; 乳牛; にゅうぎゅう)

7)
海外 (foreign, overseas; かいがい; kaigai)
外界
(outside world; がいかい; gaikai)

8)
苦労 (trouble, hardship; くろう; kurou)
労苦
(labor; ろうく; rouku)

9)
相手 (partner, opponent in sports; あいて; aite)
手相
(palm reading; てそう; tesou)

10)
現実 (reality; げんじつ; genjitsu)
実現 (implementation, realization; じつげん; jitsugen)

11)
別離 (parting, separation; べつり; betsuri)
離別
(separation, divorce; りべつ; ribetsu)

12)
家出 (running away from home; いえで; iede)
出家 (entering priesthood; しゅっけ; shukke)

13)
外部 (outside, exterior; がいぶ; gaibu)
部外
(outside the department; がいぶ; bugai)

14)
性向 (tendency, nature; せいこう; seikou)
向性
(tropism; こうせい; kousei)

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