The interrogative pronoun ‘doko’（どこ）is used primarily to ask for a location or a place. In this article, we will discuss on using the interrogative pronoun ‘doko’（どこ）to ask for the origin, the nation or the country which is an item came from or made in by combining it with particle ‘no’ （の）.
The previous article about another interrogative pronoun ‘dochira’（どちら）can also be used to ask for the origin, the nation or the country but it is only meant for a person in a polite manner or situation. In this article, we will only give the answer of the question.
The question will also using a demonstrative pronoun ‘kore’(これ)、‘sore’ (それ) and ‘are’(あれ). It is used mainly to point out an item which is being discussed or asked. Each of the demonstrative pronoun, ‘kore’(これ) can be translated as ‘this’ and the others which is ‘sore’(それ) and ‘are’(あれ) is translated as‘that’.
We will give a pattern and also an example based on the pattern of the question and answer :
First Example Pattern
Kanji : （これ・それ・あれ） ＋は ＋どこ ＋の ＋動詞 ＋ですか
Hiragana : （これ・それ・あれ） ＋は ＋どこ ＋の ＋どうし ＋ですか
Romaji : （Kore・Sore・Are） ＋wa ＋doko ＋no ＋doushi ＋desuka
Meaning : Where does (this ・ that) item/thing came from / made in ?
Question : これは どこ の パソコン ですか。
Answer : ドイツのパソコンです。
Question : Kore wa doko no pasokon desuka ?
Answer : Doitsu no pasokon desu.
Question : Where does this personal computer came from / made in ?
Answer : (It is a ) personal computer from (made in) Germany.
The above example is using demonstrative pronoun ‘kore’（これ）to point out an item which is near not only the person which ask the question but also the person which answer it.
Second Example Kanji
Question : それは どこ の 携帯電話 ですか。
Answer : フィンランドの携帯電話です。
Question : それは どこ の けいたいでんわ ですか。
Answer : フィンランドのけいたいでんわです。
Question : Sore wa doko no keitai denwa desuka.
Answer : Finrando no keitai denwa desu.
Question : Where does this mobile phone came from / made in ?
Answer : (It is a) mobile phone from (made in) Finland.
The above example is using demonstrative pronoun ‘sore’(それ) to point out an item which is far from the person which ask the question but it is near from the person which give the answer. Third Example Kanji
Question : あれは どこ の 自転車 ですか。
Answer : イギリスの自転車です。
Question : あれは どこ の じてんしゃ ですか。
Answer : イギリスのじてんしゃです。
Question : Are wa doko no jitensha desuka.
Answer : Igirisu no jitensha desu.
Question : Where does that bicycle came from / made in?
Answer : (It is a) bicycle from England.
The above example uses ‘are’(あれ) to point out the bicycle which is asked. The demonstrative pronoun ‘are’(あれ) is used since the bicycle is far from not only the person who asks but also the person who answer the question. As we can see that all of the demonstrative pronouns must be followed directly not with the item name but it is followed with particle ‘wa’ は. Based on the above sample, we can create an interrogative question using interrogative pronoun ‘doko’ (どこ) in order to ask the origin place which is the nation or the country where an item came from. But in the answer below we will only give the answer in a form of sentence inform the country or the nation of the item made in as follows :
Answer : インドネシアのタバコです。
Answer : Indoneshia no tabako desu.
Answer : (It is a) cigarette from Indonesia.
Answer : 韓国の時計です。
Answer : かんこくのとけいです。
Answer : Kankoku no tokei desu.
Answer : (It is a) watch (made) from Korea.
Answer : アリさんのカメラです。
Answer : Amerika no kamera desu。
Answer : (It is a) camera (made) from America.
Answer : 日本の自動車です。
Answer : にほんのじどうしゃです。
Answer : Nihon no jidousha desu.
Answer : (It is a) (made) car from Japan.
The complete question is shown in Shin Nihongo no Kiso I chapter 3 practice B part 5 on page 23.