You found a cool looking Japanese kanji shirt. But if you don’t understand what it says, do you still buy it? Well, maybe you should ask somebody who knows Japanese language.(*’▽’)/

I’m not sure what the writing on the front says, and I don’t really want to buy without checking what it means.

Monster Hunter t-shirt

Yay! That’s the spirit! I want you to understand what your shirt says, especially when you are buying it as a gift.

Well, I see 河童蛙 and ヨツミワドウ on this shirt.

The Meaning of Kanji on a Monster Hunter T-Shirt

Thank to you mentioning about “Monster Hunter” in your email, I could find out what they are very quickly. Both of them are the name of a monster in the popular video game “Monster Hunter”.(*’ω’*)d

And the monster is…this guy!

the monster

They call it “Tetranadon” in English, but its name is Yotsumiwadou(ヨツミワドウ) in the Japanese version.

The word ヨツミワドウ is written in Japanese Katakana script, which means I can get only how the word sounds and can’t confirm the meaning of it. Hmmm….

On the other hand, 河童蛙 is written in kanji. 河童(kappa) is a well known river(/lake) monster in Japan. There are tons of myths related to kappa in Japan. Then 蛙(kaeru) means a frog.

Japanese yokai monster kappa
A Cute Image of Kappa
“We love cucumbers!”

I’m not sure but the creator who designed this monster might be inspired by those creatures. I looked up but I couldn’t find the official pronunciation of the word 河童蛙 by the way.

To figure out the meaning of foreign language on the shirts, you sometimes need something more than dictionaries. I often see the case that denotative information is not enough to reach proper translations.

Today’s Kanji Shirt is “Yokai”! Kappa is one of the most famous Yokai in Japan.

Japanese Kanji T-Shirt Yokai

Other Questions on Japanese Kanji

If you want to know the meanings of any Japanese kanji that you don’t see English subs for in a particular animation or live action movie, tell me “Name of the Show”, “Season and Episode #” and “the Exact Moment (Minute: Second) if it’s available”!

If it’s just Japanese kanji that you see around you, like a shop sign or a tattoo, you can send me the photo as long as you are allowed to take picture of it.

I can’t promise to reply to everyone but I’ll try my best!

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