Most of Japanese people have kanji names. The meanings of each kanji are big deal for the names of people.
Today, I’ll talk about the name of my favorite frog girl Tsuyu-chan in a popular anime “My Hero Academia(僕のヒーローアカデミア)”.
Most of the names of characters for this show are presenting their special powers “quirks”. That’s why, their names are very abnormal.
The Meanings of Kanji Name: Asui Tsuyu
蛙吹 梅雨 This is how her name looks like in Japanese kanji.
Her family name is 蛙吹(Asui) which I’ve never seen before in my real life. However, “Asui” sounds very natural as a Japanese last name somehow, not like “Bakugou” or “Tetsutetsu”.
The first kanji “蛙” means “Frog” and it’s usually pronunced as “kaeru (かえる)”. The second kanji of her last name is “吹” which means “Blow”.
Then, actually her first name “梅雨(tsuyu)” is very well known word in Japan. That is the name of Japanese Rainy Season around June. Frogs love rain! Ribbit, ribbit.
梅雨 is also pronounced “baiu” and this pronunciation is more literally as those 2 kanji. “Tsuyu” is very special pronunciation only for this idiom.
The first kanji “梅 (ume/bai)” means “Plum” and the second one “雨 (ame / u)” means “Rain”. There are so many theories about the reason why we call the rainy season “Tsuyu”.
Anyway, her friends should call her Tsuyu-chan! (*´▽｀*)
If you want to know about other character’s name, just let me know!
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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 available”!
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