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Meanings of Kanji on the Katana Sword 2

Hello again Kanji Fans! I received another interesting question from a follower! It’s about a Samurai sword! I bought this short sword and I see some letters on the blade. What do they mean?  Woooo, you got a fancy one. According to the ratio, I can tell it’s a Tantou (短刀). Tantou is a short katana sword with the less than 30 cm (about 1 foot) blade. In Japan, Katana swords bust be sold with a certificate describing what it is. But the owner says this one came with nothing. Let me take a close look. (@_@) Wow, to be honest, I have no idea what it says. I can’t …

meanings of kanji on katana sword

What Does This Japanese Kanji on My Shirt Mean?

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. 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 …

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The Japanese Kanji on the forehead of Aggretsuko

Aggretsuko is a Japanese anime show based on the character from Sanrio that is known for “Hello Kitty” and things. It’s available on Netflix! Japanese title is アグレッシブ烈子 which means “Aggressive Retsuko”. The main character Retsuko is a red panda who is working at an office. She is a cute ordinally girl but the “typical” stressful work/life environment drives her crazy. To kill her stress, she goes to Karaoke by herself and sing death metal…like this. lol Meaning of Kanji on the Forehead of “Aggretsuko” As you can see, one Japanese Kanji appears on her forehead when she sings. Japanese people are very used to see a Kanji on forehead …

Japanese Kanji T-Shirt 無敵 Invincible

Wearing a Kanji T-Shirt is cool. But if you understand the authentic information about what you wear, you can impress everyone. On this page, you can make sure this Kanji T-Shirt is right for you. Table of Contents Basic Info about This Kanji Who Should be Wearing It Examples of Qualification Designs Available 無敵 Invincible Kanji T-Shirt: Basic Info Japanese Kanji: 無敵 Pronunciation: muteki Spelling Variety: muteki Meaning: Invincible, Unrivaled, Matchless Category: Japanese Kanji for Fun Image of this Kanji Word: Tough, Manly, Confident, Pride, Cool, and (on T-Shirt)Funny The Japanese kanji word “無敵” means “Invincible”. The first kanji “無” contains the meaning “Nothing / None” and the second kanji “敵” means …

Japanese Kanji T-Shirt Invincible

Meanings of Kanji on Souvenir Short Kimono

Hello Kanji Fans! Today, I want to share an interesting question from a follower! Have you ever seen this short kimono? I heard this kanji says “No 1” but what does that mean? It’s a very popular souvenir from Japan and Japanese people call this kind of short kimono “happi (半被)” or “hanten (半纏)” depending on its shape. So, why does it say “一番”?? Actually, this design is based on Firefighters culture in Edo era!  KansaiChick is here for help. (*’▽’)/ That Kanji on the Souvenir Kimono As this follower heard from somebody, it says “一番 (ichiban)” which means “No.1” or “First”. The top character “一 (ichi)” is “One”. And …

kanji on the short kimono souvenir from Japan

What are the common sounds in the end of Japanese first names?

Do you want to give your avatar a Japanese name? How do you know what name is natural in Japanese?? This info might help you! (*´▽`*)/ What sounds are common at the end of Japanese boy’s and girl’s names?   Thank you for the question…! Yes. There are common 止め字 (tomeji: End Character) for Japanese name. And they tend to differ by boy’s names and girl’s names. (Unisex names exist but there are not many: Akira, Makoto, etc. They don’t have common tomeji. Basically we would have to accept and memorise that “Oh, this name could be unisex!”, whenever we met the person who has the unisex name.) Common Sounds of …

Which kanji of “Katsuki” should I choose?

Japanese people usually give their babies Kanji names. They think about the child and his or her future and choose Kanji carefully. Even several Kanji that can be pronounced the exactly same, every single Kanji contains different meanings. Today, I’d like to share an interesting question from a follower. (*’▽’)/   Which kanji of “Katsuki” gives it the meaning “Victory”? I see. She or he wants to have a handle name “Katsuki” in Knaji. OK, I can help! Which kanji does mean “Victory”? Victory is “勝利 (shouri)” in Japanese kanji idiom. You also can pronounce this word as Japanese boy’s name “勝利 (Katsutoshi)”. However, the name “Katsuki” has already picked. Well, …

Meanings of Kanji on the Katana Sword

Hello Kanji Fans! Today, I want to share a very interesting question from a follower! It’s a historian’s job!   I bought this sword and I see some kanji on the blade. What does it mean?      Wow, you got a Katana sword! Thank you for the pictures! Let me see…OK, you want to know what this means. Leave it to me! KansaiChick is here for help. (*’▽’)/ First of all, Japanese people call this 銘(mei). I think you might see something on the same spot of your kitchen knife. Today some makers engrave or print their brand name and stuff there. Ancient Japanese blacksmiths did that too. Let’s see …

meanings of kanji on Katana sword

The Secret of “Rilakkuma and Kaoru”

Did you watch the new show “Rilakkuma and Kaoru” on Netflix? It’s so cute! But I bet that many viewers, living outside of Japan, have no clue when it comes to understanding the culture and the history behind the show. So, KansaiChick is here for help! (*’▽’)/ What is Rilakkuma? The name “Rilakkuma” was born as the combination of 2 words “Relax” and “Kuma (It means Bear in Japanese)”. Yes, Rilakkuma is a relaxing bear. When this character appeared in the accessory industry in Japan long time ago, the one-picture-mascot accessory items were the main thing, And They explained a lot about him. Obviously the concept was “somebody is wearing …

Secrets of Rilakkuma and Kaoru

Meaning of The Kanji Name: Dabi “My Hero Academia”

Dabi is a mysterious character in the popular Anime “My Hero Academia”. He is a Villain who uses the blue fire. I got a question from a follower about his name! Please explain the meanings of Kanji name “Dabi” in My Hero. Thank you for asking! (*´▽`*)/ What Does “Dabi” Mean? Both kanji 荼 and 毘 are not so common kanji in Japan. The meanings of the first kanji 荼 contains ”Suffering”, and the second one 毘 contains “Help” or “Save”. OK, even I didn’t know that until I looked up. (-_-;) On the other hand, his name “Dabi” reminds Japanese adults of one thing . It’s a part of …

Meanings of Japanese Kanji Name in Anime
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