Kanji Shirt Meaning: What Does My Shirt Say?

Kanji shirts look cool! Some people buy it only for the look without knowing what it says. It's tough indeed for foreigners to figure out what the Japanese kanji word means when they find one on the shirt. If you want to know what it says, just ask me KansaiChick!(*'▽')☆ What does my kanji shirt say? I just got this shirt recently for my birthday. OK, let me see....(@_@)))) OMG, it says 野蛮人! Σ(・ω・ノ)ノ! This word is mainly considered a negative term that was born from prejudice against foreigners. Barbarians such as pirates and bandits can be called 野蛮人(yaban-jin), but in the olden days, Japanese people called foreigners that way,…

Meanings of Kanji in “Haikyu!!” Nekoma High School

In the popular volleyball anime show "Haikyu!!", Nekoma High School is one of the biggest rival team of the main team Karasuno High. The characters of team Nekoma are likened to cats, just as members of team Karasuno are likened to crows. Because neko(ねこ / ネコ / 猫) means a cat, and karasu(からす / カラス / 烏) means a crow in Japanese. But, wait a minute. We don't see any "猫" on Nekoma's jerseys and there is the kanji 音駒 instead. What is "音駒"? What Does the Kanji on Nekoma's Jersey Say? Well, the answer is very simple. 音駒 says "Nekoma"! There is no 猫 in it but still. The…

Before Getting A Tattoo: Let’s Choose the Right Kanji! 4

The people, who are good at observing, often notice the small differences between the same kanji symbols. Especially when you are getting a tattoo, you may want to know why there are the differences. Today I'll share a question from a follower like this. I want to get "Lone Wolf" in Japanese kanji tattooed but I see two different versions that are extremely similar. Can you help me and let me know which one is accurate? I see! They are written in the 2 different fonts. Both of them are fine! If I would get the tattoo, I'll pick B though. Because it looks more proper for me, and I like…

Before Getting A Tattoo: Let’s Choose the Right Kanji! 3

Translating a metaphor may be difficult. Because sometimes it doesn't make any sense when you translate it  literally in other language. How about this case? Let's see the question from a follower. I was wondering if you could help me translate a phrase for a tattoo idea I have. The original phrase is "If you look for the light, you can often find it. If you look for the darkness, it is all you will ever see." I'd like to get a small, personal tattoo summarizing the first half of that phrase -- "Look for the light." Google translates that to 光を探す. Ohhhh, that's a nice phrase! I get that…

Before Getting A Tattoo: Let’s Choose the Right Kanji! 2

Translating language is very tough. Even dictionaries say wrong sometimes. So, it's tough decision to have a tattoo in foreign language.(@_@;) I got a question from a follower like this. I want to get the right Japanese Kanji for “arrogant god” in order to have a tattoo.  All I could really figure out so far was "傲慢な神" which google translate gave me. OK! Hmmm, if there were a Japanese arrogant god, I could translate the word to his name or something, but I couldn't find any. Sorry! (+_+) Then, 傲慢な神 is the one. Good job, Google! This time, its translation is right! 傲慢(gouman):Arrogance 傲慢な(gouman-na):Arrogant 神(kami): God You might want to…

Is This Word Japanese? What Does It Mean?

Do you know Japanese "Romaji"? Romaji is the pronunciation of Japanese characters written in the alphabet. Japanese people use "Romaji" when they want to write Japanese words in alphabet. However, when Japanese words are written using the alphabet, it might be tough for you to tell if they are Japanese words or not. I received a question from a follower like this. Is "IBARRA" or "IBARA" Japanese name? If so, what does it mean? OK, leave it to me! (*'▽')☆ First of all, there is no Japanese word "Ibarra", but "Ibara" makes sense! Ibara can be written in Japanese like:いばら, イバラ, 棘, 茨, 荊. Basically all of them mean "Thorn".…

Japanese Kanji Shirt: What Does This Mean?

So many people love Japanese kanji shirts! But it's tough for foreigners to figure out what the kanji means when they find one on the shirt. No worries! KansaiChick is here for help!(*'▽')☆ What does my kanji shirt say? I want to make sure it doesn't say anything negative. OK, leave it to me!(*´▽`*) I see "桃","JUICE", and "フレッシュフルーツジュ(ース)". 桃(momo) means "Peach"! As the illustration shows, 桃 JUICE is "Peach Juice". フレッシュフルーツジュース(huressyu huruutsu juusu) is actually "English" words written in Japanese Katakana script. The Japanese way to pronounce the words may make you confused, but this Katakana words are "Fresh Fruits Juice". Good news! There are no negative words! Well,…

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…

What Does This Kanji on My Shirt Mean?

Hello, kanji shirt fans! Some people tend to choose kanji for its appearance. But you may be interested in figuring out the meanings, when there are some kanji happened to be printed on your favorite shirt. I'll answer a question from a kanji shirt owner today! I got a new shirt and this kanji is on it. I already figured out that the second one means "fire", but what is the first symbol? Thank you for contacting KansaiChick! 着火(chakka) means "Ignition", or I can say it "Setting Fire". The first kanji 着 contains meanings like "Wear", "Put on", and "Arrive". Then, as you figured, the second one 火 means means…

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…