I am creating a present for a Japanese Taiko drummer. He is my teacher and is celebrating his birthday tomorrow.
The present will be the Muppet character Animal sitting at a shime daiko, his bachi at the ready. I would like to add a kanji to those bachi to mark them as Animal's.
A taiko drummer considers his/her bachi as an extension of themselves. They mark their bachi (drum sticks) with a kanji representing their name. This is a solemn act by which they put their own soul into the bachi.
I have googled for the translation and have been swamped with a lot of alternatives and can't make out which one would be best for me to use given the above scenario. Considering the symbolic nature of marking the bachi, I'd rather leave them unmarked than make a mistake.
- which translation for animal would best fit the Muppet character Animal?
- which kanji from that translation would you use if you could only use a single character?