Today I’ll write about another kanji name of a character for “My Hero Academia (僕のヒーローアカデミア)”. Thank you so much for the request!


What is the meaning of the kanji name “Ibara Shiozaki”?


Hey, this is the second one from Class B! Do you remember this graceful girl everybody?

Japanese Kanji Meanings

Meanings of Each Kanji “Shiozaki Ibara”

Her family name “塩崎 (Shiozaki)” is one of the real Japanese Last names. Yes, it exists. The first kanji “塩 (shio)” means “Salt” and the second one “崎 (saki / zaki)” means “Small Peninsula”.

Her first name “茨 (Ibara)” means “Thorn”. Her quirk is “Vines” and I see thorns on her hair!

That’s it! It’s very simple…but you may notice something more about her name.

Is She Religious? Shiozaki Ibara’s Motief

Japanese Kanji Meanings

Ibara is very merciful girl and she often prays like she’s religious. Sometimes she acts like a nun.

It’s actually “Christianity” that her attitude reminds Japanese people of. A Christian missionary came to Japan in the 16th century and they say that Christianity is very big in certain regions like 九州 (Kyusyu).

Even if you are not a Christian, you may know some images of the Passion of the Christ. He was wearing a crown of thorns, they say. Here come “Thorns”!

Japanese Kanji Meanings

It was so so easy for me to figure it out until this point. However, I had no idea about why her last name is “Shiozaki”.

Then, finally I found out an interesting fact.

There is a famous active Christian missionary in Japan today. And his last name is… Shiozaki!!! This is it! Right? I hope. (‘Д’) …No? Point is it all seems very intentional on the authors part.

Anyway, whew…that was a long journey of research.

Meanings of Japanese Kanji

If you want to know about other character’s name, just let me know!

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 The Meaning of the Kanji Name: Bakugou Katsuki
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 The Meaning of the Kanji Name: Iida Tenya
 The Meaning of the Kanji Name: Asui Tsuyu
 The Meaning of the Kanji Name: Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu
 The Meaning of the Kanji Name: Shuzenji Chiyo (Recovery Girl)
 The Meaning of the Kanji Name: Shimura Tenko (Shigaraki Tomura)
 The Meaning of the Kanji Name: Toga Himiko
 The Meaning of the Kanji Name: Nomu


Today’s Japanese Kanji Shirt is “Peace”! Ibara is wishing for peace.

Japanese kanji shirt Peace


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”!

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!

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