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Yokai Trick and Japanese Kanji for “Natsume Yujin-cho”

Yokai is very popular motif for TV shows in Japan. And I’m watching one, too. Do you know “Natsume Yujin-cho (夏目友人帳)”? Its very calm, lay back and a little bit creepy atmosphere is nicely unique. You can see the today’s Japanese country side life and scenery. And of course, highlight of this show is Nyanko-sensei’s UGLY cuteness…. His design is based on real Japanese traditional cat figurehead “maneki-neko”. Well, then let’s talk about kanji that I noticed in this show. Yokai Trick and Japanese Kanji In “Natsume Yujin-cho”, so many human-shape yokais are covering up their eyes like this. She used to be a bird and now she can shift …

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Club Team Slogan Banners in “Haikyu!!”

I’ve talked about the Japanese culture of banners for sport teams last time. So, I think I should talk about my favorite volleyball show “Haikyu!!”. Karasuno High School Boy’s Volleyball Team Banner Main team’s slogan banner is so simple! It’s “飛べ(tobe)”. It means “Fly!”. Needless to say, human beings can’t fly(飛ぶ: tobu). We can only jump(跳ぶ: tobu). However, I guess they chose that kanji and the color black on purpose because they are Karasuno(烏野: Crow-Field) High School.  Crows can fly and they are black! Aoba-Jousai High School Boy’s Volleyball Team Banner The banner of Aoba-Jousai says “コートを制す(kouto-wo-seisu)”. That means “Rule the (Volleyball) Court”. This team’s key player is the setter, …

The Club Team Slogan Banner in”Yowamushi Pedal”

Next season is not out yet? Well, today let’s talk about the banner in the popular Japanese animation “Yowamushi Pedal”. Kanji Slogan Banner and Japanese Culture If you are a fan of sports anime, you possibly have noticed a banner here and there in your favorite shows. In Japan, having your own banner is very common thing for groups like a sport club team in school, a local group or a company. Usually they put the name of the group and slogan on the banner. Hanging it on the wall of the club room, showing it off at the competition to cheer up the members, pulling it out whenever they …

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Reason of the Yellow Sign for “Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma”

Most of the time, every episode of TV shows have a subtitle. The popular Japanese animation “Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma” has one too.  But how many viewers noticed the yellow sign of that has a special reason? Japanese Culture behind the Subtitles of “Shokugeki no Soma” It’s a yellow vertical rectangle with red line. And you see the subtitle is handwritten with a thick black marker. Actually, this is the typical image of Japanese traditional diner’s menu on the wall. I couldn’t find the exact image from my resource, but this is the closest one. 海鮮丼(kaisendon: Sashimi Bowl) is 600yen…how nice! Theirs are white and hanging on the rope. …

The Hero’s Motto of “My Hero Academia”2

The training program at professional hero’s office is over! I’m satisfied to watch my favorite character Tsuyu-chan. Ribbit, ribbit. But I can’t miss this opportunity to talk about Japanese kanji! the Battle Hero’s Motto Uraraka’s teacher was a professional hero named Gunhead, we can see her here in his training room with other sidekicks. So, did you notice the frame of a Japanese kanji motto on the wall? The calligraphy on the wall behind them says 心技体(shingitai). Actually this famous motto is consist of 3 words “心(shin: mind)”, 技(gi: skill)”, “体(tai: body)”. That explains what are important for martial arts. We must train ourselves mentally, technically and physically! Possibly some of …

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Japanese Kanji and Kid’s Names in “Assassination Classroom”

Have you ever heard a Japanese word “キラキラネーム(kirakira-name)”? That is a new Japanese word that was born in last 2 decades. If I translate “キラキラネーム” somehow, I’ll say “Twinkling Names”. Kirakira-names are unusual names like crazy unique word or abnormal pronunciation. And naming kid a Kirakira-name was a trend for a while.(not much anymore!) Kirakira Names in “Assassination Classroom” The popular Japanese anime “Assassination Classroom” is known for showing this new generation culture “Kirakira Names”. 木村 正義 Kimura Jasuthisu (Justice Kimura) The Japanese kanji “正義” means “Justice” in ENGLISH. However, usual Japanese pronunciation choices are only “Seigi (justice)” and “Masayoshi”. Masayoshi is very normal way to pronounce “正義” as boy’s name. Jasuthisu doesn’t …

Japanese kanji and kid's names

Japanese Kanji Culture: The Secret of the Title “Haikyu!!”

I am a “Haikyu!!” fan! It’s a Japanese animation about a high school volleyball team. Let’s talk about some kanji stuff that I noticed. What is the Japanese Kanji Word “Haikyu”? The title of this show is after the word “排球(haikyuu)” and it’s Japanese name of volleyball.  But basically NOBODY calls volleyball “haikyuu”. We call volleyball “バレーボール(bare-bo-ru)”. Did you notice the word “バレーボール” is not kanji? It is Japanese Katakana. In Japan we use the katakana script like this to adopt the word from foreign language and pronounce it as close as possible. However, some schools have a culture where they write everything in kanji. In that case, kanji version …

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Japanese Kanji Head Band in Netflix “Little Witch Academia” season 2

Hey, I realized a Japanese animation produced by Netflix came out with season 2! Its name is “Little Witch Academia”. The Main character Akko is kind of a lovable person but I think the cutest one is Sucy. She is the witchest witch in the main group. That’s so cute. ……No? What does Japanese kanji on Akko’s head band say? In the first episode of season 2 the fairies make a labor union, did you notice Akko was wearing the Japanese kanji head band? That kanji word “団結” means “unity”. I’ve never seen a unity head band anywhere else but I guess she made it to be a part of …

Japanese kanij head band

Former 3 Navy Generals’ Funny Mottos in “One Piece”

In the popular Japanese animation “One Piece”, have you ever notice that there is a sign on the wall behind the desk in each naval officer’s room? Former 3 Navy Generals’ Motto of Justice Their is a motto of justice for each one that explains his or her character a lot. Here are some examples. Aokiji(青雉): だらけきった正義(darakekitta seigi: Totally Lazy Justice) Kizaru(黄猿): どっちつかずの正義(docchitsukazuno seigi: Indecisive Justice) Akainu(赤犬): 徹底的な正義(tetteitekina seigi: Thorough Justice) Aokiji’s motto of justice used to be “燃え上がる正義(moeagaru seigi: Burning Up Justice)” but he started questioning what is right justice, when he lost his best friend. Then he reached his new motto. Former 3 Navy Generals Name and “Momotaro” …

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Sushi Restaurant Sign in “Assassination Classroom”

I love sushi! It’s very hard to find decent quality sushi in USA…but you can enjoy nice and fresh sushi everywhere in Japan. Japanese Kanji Sign of the Sushi Restaurant In a popular animation “Assassination Classroom”, I noticed a Japanese kanji sign on a sushi restaurant where Nagisa met his divorced father. The red kanji word is 元祖(ganso: originator), the black one is 江戸前(Edo-mae: front-of-Edo). Edo is old name of Tokyo. The image of sushi that we Japanese eat at restaurants came from this Edo-mae style. It’s mainly Nigiri. (I’ve never seen Japanese people who make nigiri sushi at home! It’s restaurant food!) And also the red square on the …

Japanese kanji sign of the sushi restaurant
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