I'm looking for the popularity of the name Kakka in respect to Japanese culture.

As a white American, who speaks Spanish, the enunciation of "Kakka" (via subtitles) seems to be very similar to a Spanish "Caca" which means "shit" in the most comparable English translation.

How can I understand the Japanese meaning of of the name Kakka, so I don't mistranslate the meaning with the Spanish alternative? I heard it on the first time on Netflix / Man In The High Castle (season 2/episode 4 I think) and want to retain my cultural relevancy.

  • you are not alone spanish person, kakka is also poo in finnish. there is an old popular anime called " Legend of Galactic Heroes ", which used the word extensively through the very long series. – redmanticore Dec 26 '17 at 13:10
  • Interestingly also какa in Russian translates to "like" in English. – bobobobo Apr 19 '19 at 17:17
  • This is very interesting. In my language Kannada "kakka" is a slang for "shit" used by some people. It is not common nor is it part of the formal language. I do not know if it is an import from some foreign language. However there is another word kaka (notice the single k). That is used by a large number of Kannada and Marathi speaking people to refer to one's father's brother. – brahmana May 6 '19 at 12:19

"Kakka" is far from popular; it's virtually nonexistent as a Japanese person name.

But there is a word 閣下 ("kakka"), which is a word used to address heads of government/state. It's like English "Your Excellency" or "Your Highness".

The kanji character 閣 ("kak(u)") means "(government) cabinet/building/palace," and 下 ("ka") means "below/under." Put together, 閣下 is used to indirectly refer to someone under the Cabinet (building's ceiling). Of course it's not related to any Spanish nouns, and very few people care how it sounds to Spanish people.

  • デーモン小暮閣下(笑) – broccoli forest Jan 25 '17 at 2:54
  • There is a restaurant in Toronto called "KAKA all you can eat", so I certainly hoped KAKA didn't have the Spanish meaning in Japanese. Still, I haven't tried the restaurant. – bobobobo Apr 19 '19 at 17:16

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