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Before Getting A Tattoo: Let’s Choose the Right Kanji!

Hello, Kanji tattoo fans! We can check meanings of kanji online today, but it’s tough to choose the right one from dictionary. Plus, the sample designs online often have wrong translations. ((+_+)) Please be careful! Today, I’ll answer the question about a tattoo! (*’▽’)☆ The kanji is supposed to go on a wrist and be a reminder of “kindness” or to be kind to others. I have a few variations I found that have to do with “kindness”. Which are here: Thank you for contacting KansaiChick! OK, let me see…the top kanji 恩(on) means more like “the kindness that you received from others”. Then, the second one 恵(megumi) contains meanings …

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I Want to Have a Japanese Kanji Pseudonym

Making up an original Japanese name is very difficult. Does it sound natural enough as a “Japanese name”? Don’t the kanji symbols that I choose contain weird meanings? How do I know!? o(>_<)o Hmmm, it’s tough for me to answer everyone’s individual questions about creating their own names, but KansaiChick is here for help today! I hope this post will help everyone, who wants a Japanese name, get some understanding of the thought process you can follow to create a Japanese name. I was thinking up of a name of a Japanese pseudonym of mine as “a lazy little pig” or build a pun around it. Would you help me? Thank …

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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 …

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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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Does My Signature Look Like a Japanese Kanji?

Today I received a very different question from a follower. This is my signature(artist logo) I always write on my artwork. I think it looks like a Kanji. Do you know if there is a Kanji similar to this? She explained about her logo: The top of the image is the letter “K” for my first name, turned sideways. Underneath is the “T” from my last name. It also forms the letter “A” which represents my maiden name. Oh, that’s awesome!(*’▽’) And…OK, I see why you think it looks like a kanji. I can show a kanji character luckily! This Kanji Looks Similar to That Logo If I add one line …

Does this look like a kanji?

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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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

Meaning of the Kanji Tattoo in Ep: 281 “Fairy Tail”

Do you want to get a kanji tattoo? It’s cool! But be careful! I see so many Kanji Tattoo sample pictures online and sadly most of them are wrong. Well, today, I’ll answer the question from a follower! It’s about a Japanese kanji tattoo on an Anime character’s head. Thank you for being patient! What does this Kanji Tattoo mean? He is a bad guy in Ep.281 of “Fairy Tale”. Thank you for the question! And I appreciate the pictures so much! They make my job way easier.(*´Д`)v Meaning of the Kanji Tattoo in “Fairy Tail” OK. Natsu, Lucy, and Happy got captured and they are in the prison. Here …

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 …

Why does the Pronunciation of Japanese Kanji Change When Reading Names?

I think the Japanese language is difficult. Even when we master certain things like some pronunciations and meanings of kanji, that knowledge might not be useful every time when we read Japanese. So, let’s learn about it together! I share a kanji question from a follower today! (*’▽’) Why do these changes happen in certain japanese surnames? 矢 (ya) + 島 (shima) = 矢島 Yajima 赤 (aka) + 川 (kawa) = 赤川 Akagawa 目 (me) + 黒 (kuro) = 目黒 Meguro 尾 (o) + 田 (ta) = 尾田 Oda Wow, that is a great question!! I guess so many people learning the language are wondering why. (@_@)?? The Answer is …

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