奈 means 'Nara'

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Strokes : 8    Frequency: 786   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-5    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 11 words   Used in 19 words   Used in 4734 names   Component in 2 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On    ナイ   ダイ
Kun    いかん   からなし
Origin of both hiragana な and katakana ナ.
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A hiragana was created from 奈. This kanji helps people talk about hellish situations, but that’s not why a book about Kanagawa is subtitled “Towns That Suck, Towns That People Hate.” The Jetsons apparently influenced 8th-century Nara architecture. There have been at least 17 kanji renderings of the name なら. Find out about all these topics and much more in this image-rich essay.
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Sounds, Sanskrit, and Statues
刹 那 奈 弥
To represent certain sounds with kanji, ancient people had particular go-to characters. Thus, these four kanji contribute yomi (rather than meaning) to many place names (including Nara, Kanagawa, Naha, a term for "China," and some mythical locations) and to plenty of religious words transliterated from Sanskrit. Buddhism takes center stage in all four essays, two of which contrast massive statues of Vairocana Buddha and Amitabha Buddha in Nara and Kamakura respectively. Surprisingly, three kinds of noodles pop up along the way!
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 奈 is used 3 times, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 奈 is used 16 times, read 1 way.
ナ : 16 words FIND ALL
Nara (city)
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An additional 3 less common words include 奈 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: Joy o' Kanji : 2085  Key to Kanji:

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ナ    Nara   
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ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ジン   ニン   ひと person   
ジ   シ   しめ to show   
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ニ   ふた    ふた two   
ショウ   こ-    お-    ちいさい small   
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