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The Hero’s Motto of “My Hero Academia”2

The training program at professional hero’s office is over! I’m satisfied to watch my favorite character Tsuyu-chan. Ribbit, ribbit. But I can’t miss this opportunity to talk about Japanese kanji! the Battle Hero’s Motto Uraraka’s teacher was a professional hero named Gunhead, we can see her here in his training room with other sidekicks. So, did you notice the frame of a Japanese kanji motto on the wall? The calligraphy on the wall behind them says 心技体(shingitai). Actually this famous motto is consist of 3 words “心(shin: mind)”, 技(gi: skill)”, “体(tai: body)”. That explains what are important for martial arts. We must train ourselves mentally, technically and physically! Possibly some of …

MHA-motto

Japanese Kanji and Kid’s Names in “Assassination Classroom”

Have you ever heard a Japanese word “キラキラネーム(kirakira-name)”? That is a new Japanese word that was born in last 2 decades. If I translate “キラキラネーム” somehow, I’ll say “Twinkling Names”. Kirakira-names are unusual names like crazy unique word or abnormal pronunciation. And naming kid a Kirakira-name was a trend for a while.(not much anymore!) Kirakira Names in “Assassination Classroom” The popular Japanese anime “Assassination Classroom” is known for showing this new generation culture “Kirakira Names”. 木村 正義 Kimura Jasuthisu (Justice Kimura) The Japanese kanji “正義” means “Justice” in ENGLISH. However, usual Japanese pronunciation choices are only “Seigi (justice)” and “Masayoshi”. Masayoshi is very normal way to pronounce “正義” as boy’s name. Jasuthisu doesn’t …

Japanese kanji and kid's names

Japanese Kanji Culture: The Secret of the Title “Haikyu!!”

I am a “Haikyu!!” fan! It’s a Japanese animation about a high school volleyball team. Let’s talk about some kanji stuff that I noticed. What is the Japanese Kanji Word “Haikyu”? The title of this show is after the word “排球(haikyuu)” and it’s Japanese name of volleyball.  But basically NOBODY calls volleyball “haikyuu”. We call volleyball “バレーボール(bare-bo-ru)”. Did you notice the word “バレーボール” is not kanji? It is Japanese Katakana. In Japan we use the katakana script like this to adopt the word from foreign language and pronounce it as close as possible. However, some schools have a culture where they write everything in kanji. In that case, kanji version …

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Former 3 Navy Generals’ Funny Mottos in “One Piece”

In the popular Japanese animation “One Piece”, have you ever notice that there is a sign on the wall behind the desk in each naval officer’s room? Former 3 Navy Generals’ Motto of Justice Their is a motto of justice for each one that explains his or her character a lot. Here are some examples. Aokiji(青雉): だらけきった正義(darakekitta seigi: Totally Lazy Justice) Kizaru(黄猿): どっちつかずの正義(docchitsukazuno seigi: Indecisive Justice) Akainu(赤犬): 徹底的な正義(tetteitekina seigi: Thorough Justice) Aokiji’s motto of justice used to be “燃え上がる正義(moeagaru seigi: Burning Up Justice)” but he started questioning what is right justice, when he lost his best friend. Then he reached his new motto. Former 3 Navy Generals Name and “Momotaro” …

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500 Matches in “Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma”

Do you watch “Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma (食戟のソーマ)”? Whenever people try yummy food, their reactions go WAYtoo far. But I understand that’s a very important feature for boys, fan service. Calligraphy in “Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma” I like the the Japanese kanji brush arts in this show. They look very nice. Sometimes kanjis look very different depending on each calligrapher and his or her calligraphic style but the kanjis, in this show, are very neat and readable. I saw “勝負(shoubu)” when Soma and his dad compete each other. The kanji “勝” means “win” and this one “負” means “lose”. Both together, “Match”. However, we Japanese use this kanji “敗” …

Japanese kanji in anime

Navy Doctors Wearing Japanese Kanji Coats in “One Piece”

I watch One Piece! I don’t have a big passion anymore (but I still watch every week) …. Because somehow almost all characters that I love, DIED…!! I miss you “White beard” Shiro Hige!!! By the way, the author of One Piece uses a lot of kanjis in his work for extra jokes. So, possibly some of you noticed them and you were wondering about the meanings. Japanese Kanji Jokes in the Navy Hospital How about this one? After the big war, Coby was in the navy hospital and he was suffering by his own super power “haki”. At that moment we see so many Japanese kanji coats in the …

kanji in a hospital

A List of Meanings for Japanese Kanji Shirts

Let’s find out which Japanese kanji is your favorite! On this page, I will explain the meaning of Japanese Kanji found on our Calligraphy Kanji shirts. I bet you have seen many forms of Japanese Kanji (or Chinese Characters) in Martial Art Classes, Hollywood Movies, Kung Fu Movies, Asian Dramas, Video Games, Anime, Manga, and Comic Books. I hope you can find your favorite kanji words within this list. A variety of items are available for each design, and they come in multiple color options. Meanings List of Japanese Kanji T-shirt Japanese Kanji Motivational Slogans 必勝(hisshou, hissho) Certain Victory 努力(doryoku) Pushing Yourself, Big Effort 根性(konjou, konjo) Guts 忍耐(nintai) Patience 闘魂(toukon) …

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