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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 …

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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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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The Secret of One Punch Man: All Japanese People Notice

We are all waiting for the premiere of “One Punch Man Season 2”. But just in case you didn’t know let’s talk about the origin for the show. One Punch Man’s original Japanese title is ワンパンマン (wanpanman). “Wanpan” is  a shortened form of “One Punch” that Japanese people pronounce this English word. And there is one thing almost all Japanese people can notice about the title. When Japanese people hear the word “ワンパンマン (wanpanman)” for the first time, they doubt their ears. “Huh? Did you say Anpanman??” That’s how deeply seeded this is in Japanese pop culture. What is the Origin of One Punch Man? Yes, Anpanman was there first. Wanpanman (One Punch …

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Meanings of Kanji in the Burger Shop for “BORUTO”

Boruto loves burgers. We’ve seen that constantly since episode 1 of “BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS”. In the Boruto’s world, there is a famous burger shop “雷バーガー (Kaminari Burger)”. The kanji “雷 (kaminari)” means ”Thunder”. And I bet some viewers are already familiar with this one, because it is one of the Nin-jutsu element. You can see the lightning on the burger shop logo. Meanings of Kanji Decorations in the Burger Shop On the windows, we see the kanji “肉 (niku)” which means “Meat”. The author seems to like rectangle kanji tags and we see them everywhere in this show, and this restaurant has some too. There are on the partitions, …

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The Secret of Recovery Girl for “My Hero Academia”

In the popular Anime today “My Hero Academia (僕のヒーローアカデミア)”, there is a cute little grandma character who is the school nurse of UA High. She is obviously old, so she dares call herself “the Youthful Heroine” Recovery Girl. Recovery Girl’s Name in Kanji and its Meanings Her name is 修善寺 治与 (Shuzenji Chiyo) in kanji. The kanji word “修繕” means “Repair” and the next letter “寺” means “Temple”, which is included in some actual Japanese last names. The first kanji of her first name is “治” and it contains some meanings like “Cure” or “Heal”. Then the second one is “与” which means “Give”, “Grant” and so on.  The Meaning of …

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One Piece Ep.504: Ace’s Kanji Shirts Meanings

Finally, I’ll talk about Ep.504 of One Piece! This is the last one of the series! Let’s learn about the meanings of the Japanese Kanji Shirts which young Ace were wearing in the show. If you missed the first article about “Ace’s Kanji Shirt” series, you can jump to it from this link.  One Piece Ep.496: Ace’s Kanji Shirts Meanings One Piece Ep.504: Ace’s Kanji Shirt #1 Ace’s Kanji Shirt #1 in episode 504 is “光線(kousen/kosen/kohsen)”. The first kanji “光” means “Light” and the second one means “Line”. So, this idiom gets translated into English like “Ray”, “Light Ray” or “Beam”. Light? Beam? …Is it only me now that Kizaru(Borsalino) …

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Meanings of Kanji on Wasabi’s Cat Cloak Scroll Part 2

Chu-nin examination is right around the corner and all new ninja are working so hard to get the  qualification. The 3 girls’ on Team 15 are also doing good and we had another opportunity to see Wasabi’s Cat Technique. (ΦωΦ) Meow.  Meanings of Kanji on Wasabi’s Cat Cloak Scroll Part 1 According to her line, now I’m sure that her art is using the cats’ abilities and the variety of cat matters. However, this time even I had a hard time to figure out some meanings of the kanji on her scrolls! Kanji in the Wasabi’s Cat Cloak Scroll In the scroll, there are some circles lined up and kanji …

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Japanese Culture Behind Midousuji’s Poetry-like Lines”Yowamushi Pedal”

Season 3 of “弱虫ペダル (Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line)” is on! Are you watching it?  In the episode 7, I found one thing I should talk about. Midousuji (御堂筋) got the second place on the Day 1 of the road race. He was pissed off about that result and he was biking like crazy in the dark to calm down himself. Did you notice that he was muttering something weird while he was biking alone? “In spring, at dawn…” …Huh? What? If you were a Japanese expert, you might have noticed that it is the parody of “The Pillow Book 枕草子 (makura-no-soushi)”. What is “The Pillow Book”? “The Pillow Book” is written …

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Japanese Kanji Shirt 忍耐 Patience

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 Shirt is right for you. Table of Contents Basic Info about This Kanji Who Should be Wearing It Examples of Qualification Designs Available 忍耐 Patience Kanji Shirt: Basic Info Japanese Kanji: 忍耐 Pronunciation: nintai Spelling Variety: nintai, ninntai Meaning: Patience, Endurance Category: Motivational Slogan Image of this Kanji Word: Calm, Diligence and Stoic The Japanese kanji word “忍耐(nintai)” means “Patience”. “Nintai” comes thierd in the set of one of the most famous Japanese slogans for success, “努力(Great Effort)”,”根性(Guts)” and “忍耐(Patience)”. 忍耐 …

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