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How to Read the Kanji on a Souvenir from Japan 3

Japanese paper lanterns(提灯: chouchin/chochin) are so beautiful. We can see them as decorations for stores or festivals usually. Chochin lantern making seems to be a popular thing to do in Japan! (*’▽’)/ I received a question about the kanji on chouchin. I made a chochin lantern in Japan. Mine is the right one in the first photo. There was a keychain pendant in a gift box from the chochin maker. What do their kanji words mean? Wow! You did an amazing job! This is one of the Japanese traditional fonts. It’s super bold and cool I think. Kanji on a Souvenir from Japan: Chouchin Lantern Your chouchin says “福神(fukujin)”. That’s …

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How to Read the Kanji on a Souvenir from Japan 2

Shrines and temples are the popular spot for sightseeing in Japan. Usually you can get special souvenirs around the big and famous ones. Take a look at this! I received a question from a follower about this cute little 鳥居(torii) gate this time. (*’▽’)/ This small torii gate is from Fushimi Inari Taisha. The seller wrote something on it for us. What do they mean? 伊智(Ichi) is supposed to be my name in Japanese kanji. At Nara Tourist Center, they helped me to decide my Japanese name. Nice! Fushimi Inari Taisha is known for these red gates paths! I bet so many people have ever seen the picture of them. How …

Japanese kanji meanings on souvenirs

How to Read the Kanji on a Souvenir from Japan 1

Japan is one of the attractive travel destinations. But it’s very tough to read the Japanese kanji on the souvenirs from the trip! (+_+) So, KansaiChick is here for help! (*’▽’)/ These two pictures are the front and the back of one envelope. What do the kanji letters mean? I got it from a friend who doesn’t know what it is. My assumption is that is from a temple and maybe it’s used as a package for an omamori. OK! As you say, this is the envelope from the temple. At the temples and shrines, anybody can receive the amulets and the other items, for the votive money. They use …

Japanese kanji meanings on souvenirs

Meanings of Kanji on A Katana Sword 4

Hello again, Samurai fans! I received another question about the engraving on an old katana sword! (*’▽’)/ Let’s see the katana sword! I’d like to find out where these amazing pieces of craftsmanship are from.  OK, let me see…. ((( @_@) I see the second picture says “藤原清人作”! Then, the third picture says…文久…二? 年? 八月…目? or 日?? Hmmm, it’s tough to tell from the photo, but I got the basic idea!(*’▽’)/ The Meaning of the First Engraving on this Samurai Sword Let’s talk about “藤原清人作” first! 藤原(Fujiwara) is a Japanese family name that exists even today, so I can tell this part says somebody’s name clearly. When you see a …

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Giving a Japanese Kanji Name to an Original Character

Hello, Kanji Fans! We see many Kanji names in Japanese books and shows. Then sometimes those name contains a lot of meanings, and even they may related to the secret of the story. Today, I’d like to share an interesting question from a follower about giving an original Japanese kanji name! My friend and I are writing a web-novel. We’ve been trying to name our four main characters in the story using proper Kanji and pronunciation. We know many of these names are probably not normal Japanese names. If you have a moment, we’d appreciate your assistance.  Cool! You are writing a web-novel! (*’▽’)☆ OK, let me take a look …

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Meanings of the 9 Armors Spirits for “Ronin Warriors”

In Japan, kanji are sometimes used as the symbols of virtues.  武士道(Bushido) for Samurai is very well-known one. And I received a question about the virtues in the Anime show today! I’m watching “Ronin Warriors (鎧伝サムライトルーパー)”. Is this English dub accurate? 仁, 義, 礼, 智, 信, 忠, 孝, 悌, 忍 virtue, justice, trust, wisdom, life, loyalty, piety, obedience, and serenity Hmmmm, unfortunately, they don’t seem to be accurate. First of all, I searched the same episode in the original language, Japanese, and I found out that they said nothing in that part. (+_+) Yeah…Japanese people enjoy the silence a lot. There were no words but the slow music and the …

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Which Japanese kanji suits my Tattoo “Warrior”?

Kanji contains a lot of meanings. So, we can say one thing with many different ways. However, when people translate Japanese into English, they usually pick some words without explanations of the details. That’s why, some info get lost so easily. (+_+) Well, that’s inevitable. Therefore, I bet many people have hard time to choose the kanji from the list of translations on the dictionary. Even I look up the answer sometimes! Today, I share the question from a follower about this type of situation. Thank you for contacting KansaiChick!(*’▽’) I need to pick the right kanji “Warrior” for my tattoo. What I want it to signify is I have …

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Meanings of Kanji on Katana Sword in “The Last Samurai” 今古有神奉志士

Hi there, Kanji fans! I received a question about the Japanese kanji on the katana sword! KansaiChick is here for help!(*’▽’)/ This kanji phrase is on the blade of the katana sword that I has just got. What does it mean? Nice! It looks new and clean. It says 今古有神奉志士.  I looked up this phrase and I found out some info! Katana Sword with 今古有神奉志士 in “The Last Samurai” 今古有神奉志士 is the engraving on the Katana (Samurai Sword) in the movie “The Last Samurai (2003)”. In this movie, the Samurai 勝元(Katsumoto) explained about the meanings of this phrase. He gave this sword to Nathan before the final war and he …

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Meanings of Kanji on A Katana Sword 3

Hi there, Samurai fans! I received another question about the engraving on an old katana sword!Σ(・ω・ノ)ノ KansaiChick is here for help!(*’▽’)/ I’d like to find out what the markings on the blade mean. Let me see…oh, thank goodness, this one is clear enough for me to read everything!!  It says, “相州住盛重”. How to Read Engravings on Samurai Swords Japanese people call this engravings 銘(mei). Usually the blacksmiths engrave their name, plus their brand name (faction / location). Sometimes we find the first owner’s name of the sword there as well. So, which is which? Ummm, that is the historian’s job to determine. However, even I can tell you one idea …

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The Meaning of the Japanese Kanji on the Haikyu!! Sweatshirt

My favorite volleyball anime show “Haikyu!!” is now available on Netflix! And I got a question about the symbol in the show. I found this symbol on the “Haikyu!!” sweatshirt. What does it mean? Thank you for your question! (*´▽`*)☆ That’s is from the team banner of Karasuno high school! The Meanings of Karasuno’s Team Slogan In Japan, sport teams often own this kind of banner to cheer the team. Usually, volleyball teams hang those banners on the fence of the second floor in the gymnasium, which almost all schools have. I see “烏野高校男子バレーボール部OB会” in the bottom right corner. That means, team graduates donated this banner. The banner says 飛べ(tobe). …

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