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名称. Names in Japanese, including how to use them and how to write them.

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Naming suffix -氏 (-し) used by an otaku character in anime

In the anime Steins;Gate 0, the male otaku-character Hashida Itaru calls female characters with suffix -し. For example: Makise Kurisu - Makise-shi Kiryuu Moeka - Kiryuu-shi What does this ...
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help with interpreting this

This is on an old stroll from 1880, Japan's shiji school artist. Thanks for looking Violet
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How should I write my name with an American first name and Japanese last name?

I generally understand that proper Japanese uses Hiragana and Katakana is for slang/foreign words. Given that, my first name is super American but my last name is Japanese. Would I then make my first ...
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How to construct a name for fictional Kami?

I'm trying to create a name for a fictional 'kami' or spirit for a story and I am struggling with developing it's name. I don't want to create a name for it and then have it mean something totally ...
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Literal meaning of 去場 (Saruba) [closed]

There is a place in Hokkaidō called Saruba 去場 (さるば) What can be the literal meaning of this place name??
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Foreign names in Kanji. On'yomi, Kun'yomi or a mix of readings?

It is known that Japanese names often have multiple readings depending on what reading (on'yomi, kun'yomi, nanori ...) is applied to each kanji. But my question is about foreign names written in ...
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Translate German name “Markus” to Japanese

I'm trying to translate my German name Markus to Japanese, which seems quite difficult. My first approach was just to transcribe it. Ma → ma → マ r → ru → ル ku → ku → ク s → su → ス giving ...
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What does “ニセサマ” (nisesama) mean? It was in Chuunibyou

I was watching Chuunibyou and noticed this writing on Nibutani's back: "ニセサマ". I looked up what that meant and found nothing, so my question is what does ニセサマ translate to? Note: I know kana very ...
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Usage of 目黒 outside of 目黒区

I am wondering if 目黒 can be used as a noun outside of its usage as a district name. Examining each character, 目 eye, vision, sight, etc. 黒 black, guilt, etc. provides a couple of interesting ...
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Does 上鳴 mean shut up?

Does 上鳴 mean shut up? I didn't find a good meaning of this in the dictionary.
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What was the process by which 有職読み applied to personal names?

In premodern Japanese, it was traditional for a prestigious or extremely honorable man whose name was read with kun'yomi to have the reading of his personal name changed to on'yomi in certain ...
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Use hiragana for name that I only know in romaji [duplicate]

Suppose I have seen the name of a Japanese person only in romaji because all communications has been in English so far. When I want to address this person in Japanese, is it okay to write their name ...
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Does 'yuki' really mean happiness?

Besides the obvious 'snow', someone listed the name Yuki on a name website as also meaning happiness, blessing, or good fortune using the characters 幸き. Dictionaries list that 幸 can become こ / さき / さし ...
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The use of Joyo Kanji in names

I know that Jinmeiyo Kanji are used in names, but can some Joyo Kanji be used as well? For example, on Jisho, I found 夜{ゆみ} being used as a name though it is not a Jinmeiyo Kanji, although it is a ...
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How would you write/pronounce the Japanese version of the following Chinese name?

This is the name: 陳威穎 (Chen Wei-Ying). I've always been curious about this topic because Japanese names are written in Kanji. However, they usually have 4 characters. So I wonder how would that ...
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When do you use your own name to refer to yourself?

I searched for "referring to yourself in third person" and other similar phrases , but found only these: Q1, Q2. All searches in google also lead to similar discussions. But I already know that ...
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how to write a Indian name 'Agrawal' in Japanese language?

how to write a Indian name 'Agrawal' in Japanese language? Any help will be appreciated. Is it same as "アグラワル "? Thanks.
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How do I write sounds that don't exist in Japanese?

Yesterday I was practising katakana by writing my classmates' names down, but some of the names were harder than I expected. I have a classmate named Väinö, but neither the ä or ö sounds exists in ...
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Question about name rules

Is 靜目 夏樹 a valid name in Japan? Also, I am just curious, but how do you generally check the validity of a Japanese name?
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Female names containing “black” and “white”

What are the most common Japanese names with the word black and white? According to google "white" = shiro and "black" = kuro. For example white and black princess: Shirohime, Kurohime. I'm not sure ...
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Same person, two kanji spellings for the name - why?

Is there a reason two different kanji sets might be used for the name of the same person? While trying to translate a little, and maybe improve my Japanese, I found two spellings for the name Ranmaru, ...
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Can I use my Chinese name as my Japanese name?

Im Chinese and my name is 陈依仁 (Chén Yī Rén). Can I use this as my Japanese name, and if so how do I read it in Japanese? Or would it be better to use the Katakana version of my English name which is ...
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Combining two words into a name [closed]

I've noticed that Japanese names are often made up of different words meaning different things, creating a combination of the meaning of the Japanese name. Is it possible if I could combine two ...
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How exactly is a foreign name written on a hanko?

Is it best to simply use only the first name (in my cousin's case, Rochelle/ロシイル), only the last name Stout (スタウト, I believe?)), or some sort of variation of initials? And if initials are okay, what ...
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Why concatenate three names into “PiPoPa”?

[copied from Anime SE at moderator's suggestion] There is a 2008 anime-original series called Net Ghost PiPoPa. (For some reason, the version streaming on Crunchyroll is called "Web Ghosts PiPoPa", ...
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What does the name “Ashido” mean?

I keep searching around for what it means, since I want to use the name as one of my characters. But the closest I've ever gotten to a translation was Mina Ashido's name being a pun on meaning Acid. ...
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一代 pronounced as かずよ?

I saw the following example sentence on WaniKani: あそこに立っている外人の男の人のとなりにいる女の人があのゆう名なまつい一代さんです。 The lady next to the foreign guy standing over there is THE famous Kazuyo Matsui. The part I'm confused ...
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How do you refer to Japanese people with the same last name in English writing?

For context, I'm writing an essay in English on a Japanese movie about a particular family that goes by the name of Sasaki. In the movie, the characters are mostly referred to by their family name. ...
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Are surnames only written with kanji?

I wondered about this. I know the first name can be written in Hiragana, Katakata, Kanji (and maybe a mix of it?) but how is it with family names? I think I've never seen one which was mixed, Hiragana ...
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What could キョン untwist to?

In the anime Haruhi Suzumiya there is a main character called Kyon [キョン]. The wiki page for Kyon mentions: His nickname, Kyon, was created for him by his aunt and then spread by his little sister. ...
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The characters of the name Hiro [closed]

My name is Hiro, but I have no idea how to write it in japanese. If you could help me with that, it would be great since most online websites aren't very helpful.
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Which is correct ? Kirei Nakamura or kirei na Nakamura?

I am writing a song in english, that also has some japanese words. At some point, I want to say "The beautiful Nakamura" . I've seen here that http://thejapanesepage.com/grammar/na_adjectives Na is ...
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Two stations written with the same kanji but pronounced differently — why?

The JR Nara line and the Keihan Uji line are almost parallel on their way through southeastern Kyoto and Uji. In most areas, both have a station and the names are clearly related if not identical (e.g....
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How to write “I am (name)” using hiragana?

In a book I've learned "(name) to moushimasu" as an introduction, but as japanese has no spaces, would it be written with hiragana as follows or something different? (name)ともうします。
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A question about Japanese names with “ 一 ” kanji

I've heard that when it comes to naming their first born sons, Japanese parents often use the kanji for "one", "一" like "一郎" for example, as their given names, and for second or third sons the kanji ...
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If I were named San, and somebody wanted to write out my name with the san honorific, what would it look like? [closed]

A fiend of mine wants to name a plant San-san, but written correctly.
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Naming a business. [closed]

Can i call my therapeutic craft workshop Kokoro (Heart, mind, spirit?) or tsukuru(to make?) or Ukiyo (floating world, living in the moment?). I would like to make sure that there is no other (...
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When is it rude to call someone by their given name? [duplicate]

Would it be considered rude to suddenly start calling someone by their given name, like, should you ask permission to do so first? if you don't ask permission, and this someone only wishes to be ...
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Can I find list of japanese names in kanji with latin equivalent? [closed]

I need such list at size of at least 5000 entries for sowftware performance testing purpose. The best format of list would be a CSV. For example: 佐藤琢磨;Kamui Kobayashi Thanks!
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How extension names is handled in Japanese (Sr, Jr, III, IV)

I have an extension name (III) and i have trouble converting my name to japanese. Please help.
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Can タコ be an offensive word?

In a manga I found the following sentence: ひき戻すな、タコ。 The person to which the word タコ refers to is a secondary character that rarely appears. His name was never mentioned before. Since the person ...
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そらのおとしもの - “Heaven's Lost Property” or “What fell from the sky?”

I am watching an anime called そらのおとしもの (Sora no Otoshimono). There are two translations: the one is "Heaven's Lost Property" and the other is "What fell from from the sky?" I'm pretty sure that the ...
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How would I write Animal in Japanese when it refers to the Muppet's character Animal

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 ...
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How do I find out the written form of a notable person given their name's pronunciation?

Related question: How do you write someone's name if you don't know what kanji to use? , but that's for the name of a non-notable person. I'd like to know the Japanese name of someone who's ...
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Is 松佳 a name in Japanese? [closed]

Is 松佳(まつか) a girl's name in Japanese? Does it sound traditional? What image does it give? I found this on the site https://b-name.jp/ but seems like no one is using it.
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Translating English names to Japanese: to elongate the vowel, or not?

Would the English name "Cody" (pronounced normally, k OH - d ee) be translated into katakana as コーディ or コーディー? I understand the dash is used to elongate vowels so I'm not sure if the "ee" sound would ...
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What does she say in this dialogue?

What does the character "Historia" say in the dialogue in minute 1:41 of this video? I can only understand the first part but not the last words. She starts saying Ymir... watashi no namae ... ...
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What is this archaic female honorific form called, and what relationship does it describe?

I stumbled upon this way of referring to women that was apparently used in pre-war Japan。I can't remember where I found it, or what was said about it's name or purpose, just that it went something ...
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Can 亞 be a simplification of 亜?

I'm trying to translate this sport team name: 東亞学園バレㅡ部 but Google keeps correcting this to: 東亜学園バレーᅳ部 It's obviously difficult to guess which type of horizontal line is meant, but the ...
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Converting names to Japanese

I am a Japanese learner and I would like to know how my name is in Japanese. My name is Bill and I have seen the translations "ビル" (biru) and "バジル" (bajiru). I am aware that バジル means "basil" but I ...