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Ninjago!! The popular lego TV show featuring “ninja” is very successful.  …I don’t know why the creator gave Nia the wrinkles on the side of her mouth…(-_-) She needs a strong facial cream.

By the way, I got a question from a viewer about the show, so let me share with you.


Can you read the symbols on ninja’s forehead and clothes?


Thank you very much for the interesting question!

Are NINJAGO’s Symbols Japanese Kanji?

Many people think that NINJAGO guys are using Japanese symbols because Ninja is Japanese thing. However, unfortunately those symbols are NOT Japanese. They exist only in their world.

So, the answer is…”No. I can’t read them!”. I’m sorry!

I guess every symbol means the element or something but I’m not sure.

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The symbol on Jay”s forehead looks like the upside down “二”. But the Japanese kanji “二(ni: two)” means “2” and nothing to do with ninja or electricity.

And I thought the symbol for Lloyd looked like the Japanese kanji “丼(donburi: big bowl)” but…hey, it was not! I have no idea what it is.

I don’t have a picture here but Zane’s symbol reminds me a snowflake, so I still believe those symbols are representing their elements. That’s a just my guess!

Thank you so much for the question!


Today’s Kanji Shirt is “Shinobi”! That is what Ninja is.
Japanese Kanji Shirt Shinobi Ninja

If you want to know the meanings of any Japanese kanji that you don’t see English subs for in a particular animation or live action movie, tell me “Name of the Show”, “Season and Episode #” and “the Exact Moment (Minute: Second)”!

If it’s just Japanese kanji that you see around you, like a shop sign or a tattoo, you can send me the photo as long as you are allowed to take picture of it.

I can’t promise to reply to everyone but I’ll try my best!

Email to: info@kansaichick.com