Kanji is super complicated! Even Japanese people could make mistakes if they didn’t know about the culture behind each kanji. So, if you have no idea about it, you don’t have to feel bad at all.

I’m so glad that I received a question from a viewer after a kind of long time! Thank you for contacting KansaiChick!(*’▽’)

Can you help me finding the right kanji for warrior? This is the one I found on the Anime Series “Dragon Ball”.

I see, this is 武. This kanji is related to “Fight”. Its common idioms are bellow.

武術家, 武道家 (bujutsuka, budouka: Martial Artist)
武闘家 (butouka: Fighter)
武士 (bushi: Samurai Warrior)
武力 (buryoku: Military Force)

天下一武道会(tenkaichi-budoukai: World Martial Arts Tournament)
↑This is a Dragon Ball thing!(@_@)

And also 武 is common Japanese boy’s name. When this kanji is person’s name, usually it’s pronounced “Takeshi”.

The Japanese Kanji for Warrior

The word “Warrior” is usually translated to “戦士 (senshi)”. So, if you are looking for the kanji word “Warrior”, “戦士” is the answer.

However, this kanji doesn’t have a nuance of  Japanese style warrior, by the way. Japanese style warrior is an ancient thing and we call it “Samurai”.

On the other hand, “兵士 (heishi)” means a soldier fighting in a modern war.

Which Kanji should a Warrior Wear?

Basically, it’s up to you! However, there are some ideas.

In the popular Anime “Dragon Ball”, Goku got his first orange uniform from Master Roshi. There was a Japanese Kanji “亀” on it. Because Master Roshi’s original name is 亀仙人(kame-sennin) in Japanese.

 Explanations about Master Roshi’s Name

kanji warrior

Everybody knows Goku is a disciple of Master Roshi because of the symbol. Kurillin is STILL wearing it!

However, the Kanji on the Goku’s clothes has changed to “悟” as growing as a martial artist.  The kanji “悟” is one of the kanji in his name 悟空 (Goku / Gokuu). Now everything is on his own.

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That’s why, if you want to follow that culture, I recommend Warriors to wear one of 2 options.

  1. the Kanji or the Kanji Word which is given by his or her Mentor (Sensei)
  2. One Kanji from His or Her Name

The kanji from your mentor, can be his or her Name, Dojo’s Name, Slogan, or Motto. Even American name, sometimes can be translated well to kanji symbol if it has the origin of word, like “Drake (It’s origin is dragon.)” → “竜”.

I hope my answer helps you!

Thanks again for asking me.

Today’s Kanji Shirt is “Fighting Spirit”! That’s a cool motivational slogan for Warriors.

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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