I love Japanese kanji shirts! It’s so hard to find what I like though. Well, that’s why I’m making my own.

Today, I’ll answer to a question from a kanji shirt owner!


What does this kanji mean? It’s on my shirt.

kanji meanings


Thank you for the question and photo!

Yes! I can read it “一匹狼 (Ippiki-ookami)”. It’s a Japanese idiom. People usually translate this “Lone Wolf”.

The first kanji “一” means “One”. The second one “匹” is the one of special letters to count creature. Then, the 3rd kanji “狼” is “Wolf”.

Wolves usually act in groups, and they are stronger that way. So, we call the strong person who doesn’t act with others and do everything alone, “一匹狼”. 一匹狼 doesn’t flock with anyone, he prefers to be alone, and he is strong alone.

Just like ゴルゴ13 (Golgo13).

Do you know him? Golgo13 is one of the famous Japanese old comics about a great sniper whose code name is “Golgo13”. I’ve never read the comic but I still could recognize his picture!

Golgo13 is a very silent and excellent sniper. And he is “一匹狼” indeed.

How about you??

 

Thank you for the question again!(*’▽’)/

 


Today’s Kanji Shirt is “No.1 Under Heaven”! Just like Golgo13.


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!

Email to: info@kansaichick.com