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Differences between Names in Different Japanese Scripts

If you watch Japanese shows, you may notice there are 3 scripts in the Japanese language. Even some character names sound exactly the same, some are written in Kanji, and other are written in Hiragana or Katakana. Why?? If you have ever had questioned that, you are not the only one! I received that question from a follower! What’s the differences between Kanji and Hiragana(or Katakana) names? OK! Let me explain about the basic idea! (*’▽’)/ Differences between Names in Different Japanese Scripts Kanji (漢字) Names Kanji came originally from China. Chinese, Korean, and Japanese people usually never understand each others languages at all, but they use some of same …

Meanings of Japanese Names in “Assassination Classroom”

“Assassination Classroom” (暗殺教室) is one of my favorite Anime shows! This is not a show that is talking about super powers, and almost all characters have “regular” names that could exist in real life. Today, I’ll answer the question from a follower! (*´▽`*) Thank you for being patient! Could you explain the meaning for characters names in “Assassination Classroom”? OK! I received 4 characters’ names, here we go! Meanings of Kanji Name 潮田 渚 Nagisa Shiota 潮 (shio: Tide) 田 (ta: Rice field) 渚 (nagisa: Beach, Where the waves gather) The kanji “田” is very common in Japanese family names. Then, most importantly the first name Nagisa is usually GIRL’s …

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Japanese Kanji on the Yami’s Star Festival Outfit “Black Clover”

Hello, everyone! Long time no see…! I gotta catch up what’s going on in the world…! (@_@))) Today I will write about the Japanese kanji and culture that I found in the Japanese popular Anime show “Black Clover” for my rehab. The Star Festival is coming up! And the captain Yami dressed up for it. I see some kanji here on his outfit. What does the Japanese Kanji Word on Yami’s Festival Outfit Mean? It says “暴れ牛 (abareushi)”. This is a noun that stuck two words together. 暴れる(aba-reru: Go Wild, Rampage, Rage) + 牛(ushi: Cow, Bull, Cattle) If you watch this show in Japanese with a subtitle, you may notice that …

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Secret of Katakuri’s Move: Japanese Culture in “One Piece”

I love mochi! Some people call it “Rice Cake” and it’s basically smashed sweet sticky rice. Mochi is a common food in Japan and there are many traditional mochi sweets and mochi dishes. By the way, why am I talking about mochi? Because I got an interesting question from a follower. Why did Katakuri put an orange on Mirror Mochi? Katakuri is a certain type of starch that Japanese people use for cooking. And also Katakuri is the name of Anime character for One Piece! Obviously the author named him after the starch. Well, thank you so much for the question!! …It doesn’t seem to be a question about Japanese …

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Japanese Kanji T-Shirts in “ZOMBIE LAND SAGA”

Happy Halloween! Today I’ll answer the perfect question from a follower for Halloween Day. It’s about…zombie girls…! By the way, they look like regular people when they wear the special make up. Some Girls in “ZOMBIE LAND SAGA” are wearing Kanji T-Shirts. What do they say?  Thank you for the question! Let me see…oh, OK. I see 2 girls are in Japanese Kanji Shirts. But I’ll explain all of girls’ just in case! #1 Sakura Minamoto’s T-Shirt Do you see “1” on her shirt?? Actually, this main character Sakura’s shirt was the most tricky one for me. Because they forget to write the number on her shirt constantly…! Boo! #2 …

Japanese kanji meanings in Anime

The Meaning of the Kanji Name: Todoroki Shoto “My Hero Academia”

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)”. What is the meaning of the kanji name “Shoto Todoroki”? I bet Shoto is a personal favorite, for many fans of the show.(*’▽’)☆ Thank you very much for the request! In Japanese Kanji his name looks like this 轟 焦凍. Yes, this unique white & red face boy! Meanings of Kanji “Todoroki” His family name “轟 (Todoroki)” is kind of rare but it still exists in real life. The kanji “轟 (轟く: todoroku)” means  “A loud noise sounds and crackles.” and it’s often used for thundering expressions. This kanji is like three “車” stuck together. 車 means “Car”, “Wheel”, …

Japanese Kanji Meanings in Anime

The Meaning of the Kanji Name: Shiozaki Ibara “My Hero Academia”

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? 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 …

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“Surpass Your Limits!” in Japanese Kanji: Black Clover

Yay, I got another Japanese Kanji question from a follower! When I got this request, I noticed that asking meanings of kanji can happen in reverse! (^o^)/ This request asks me to show what this phase in english, would look like in Kanji, not the other way around. How do you write “Surpass your limits” in Japanese Kanji? This is the line that Yami always uses in Black Clover. Ah, there is an idea! Thank you for the question! I’ll surpass my limits! (‘◇’)/ “Surpass Your Limits” in Japanese Kanji First of all, it look like this “限界を超えろ” in Japanese! 限界 (genkai) を (wo) 超えろ (koero) The first letter “限” …

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The Meaning of the Kanji Name: Toga Himiko “My Hero Academia”

I like the cute villain girl Toga Himiko for the popular Anime “My Hero Academia (僕のヒーローアカデミア)”. She is mentally sick…but lovable enough somehow. Today I’ll write about the meanings of her kanji name. Thank you so much for the request! What is the meaning of the kanji name “Himiko Toga”? When she appeared for the first time, her name was written in Katakana script “トガ ヒミコ”. Japanese people sometimes use this script to show how to pronounce his or her kanji name on official documents. I’m not sure why it was written in Katakana but I can imagine that the author wanted to hide her quirk at that point. Meanings of …

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The Meaning of the Kanji Name: Iida Tenya “My Hero Academia”

Choosing kanji to name your own child is big deal in Japan! And I’m glad some people are interested in that Japanese culture for Anime character’s kanji names. Thank you for the request of the explanation! What is the meaning of the kanji name “Tenya Iida”? Most of the names of characters for “My Hero Academia(僕のヒーローアカデミア)” are presenting their quirks. But his name is a little special. Because finding out the meanings of each kanji doesn’t make any sense. Meanings of Each Kanji “Iida Tenya” His name “Iida Tenya” looks like this 飯田 天哉 in Japanese Kanji. 飯田 (Iida) is a common last name in Japan. The first kanji 飯 …

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