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薑 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja word for ginger root (Zingiber officinale).
薑 is also the Chinese surname Jiang, or the Japanese surname Hajikami.
Sometimes, this can refer to a Japanese pepper (Zanthoxylum piperitum).
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|jīn zhè ěr|
jin1 zhe4 er3
jin zhe er
|chin che erh
|Ginger||ジンジャー||jinjaa / jinja|
|hajikami / shouga|
hajikami / shoga
|jiāng / jiang1 / jiang||chiang|
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.