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

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Don't 不吉, 富士通 sound alike? [closed]

Isn't it an issue that 不吉, 富士通 sound alike? At least for non-Japanese speakers. For Western companies, they would avoid any even slight associations with something negative.
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Is the name Takahashi no Kaedemaro 高橋 楓麻呂 realistic for a seventh century man?

I’m writing a short novel set in Seventh-century China (Tang Dynasty). One of the characters is a Japanese musician who travels to the Tang Empire in 653, and I desperately need a historically-...
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Is "Shinya" gender-neutral name? Would it be too weird as female name? [closed]

I'm creating a female character. I really like that name but afraid that it's too weird for a woman, as every character or person I seen with that name were male.
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Can I use this name since it is the same?

My name is Annaka. There is a city in Japan called 安中 (Annaka) spelled and sounds the exact same way. Can I use “安中” to refer to myself? If not, what variation could I use?
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I Want To Give My Children Japanese Names, As I Will Naturalize Myself Soon, Can I Use Jinmeiyō Kanji To Create ANY Name?

For example, we like the names Ren (蓮/廉) & Touka (藤香). Could we create the name, Rentouka, combining the two?
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Help deciphering this Japanese artist's signature [closed]

I know this is a long shot but I came across this Japanese artist's signature and I was wondering if anyone could help. Unfortunately I do not know the full name of the artist. The rightmost ...
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What do the names 不二夫 and 不二雄 mean?

I am from Hong Kong. I know Chinese language. I know very little about Japnanese language. My question is - What do the names 不二夫 and 不二雄 mean? Do they mean "loyal man/hero"? Links to ...
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Understanding the subject when it's referred to by name

I know in Japanese it's possible to refer to people by name when speaking with them, using the name instead of a pronoun. I'm trying to understand what in the sentence, if anything, makes it clear ...
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How should I write my name - Shivam Mukherjee - in Katakana? [closed]

I'm being asked to fill my name in Katakana in an application form for a language school in Japan. I'm currently going with シワム・ムカージ since: The ワ sound is closest to the inflection on the -v sound so ...
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Why is 苑 a particularly popular word for naming Yakiniku shops?

スタミナ苑, 清月苑, 叙苑, 京城苑, etc. are all real yakiniku places in Japan. I don't see the character 苑 in the names of any other type of cuisine there.
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How to Convert my Chinese name into Japanese? [duplicate]

I am Chinese. I want to know how to convert my Chinese name into Japanese. My Chinese is 蓝正吉.
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Katakana Surnames

When my son was born, katakana surnames were not permitted. At some point, this law seems to have been changed, and children born now may be registered with a katakana "western" surname. ...
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Can I use my Chinese name as a Japanese name?

my name is 黃湞鈺 (Huáng Zhēn Yù) with 黃/Huáng as my surname and 湞鈺/Zhēn Yù as my given name, and I'm wondering is it possible to "translate" my Chinese name to a Japanese one? I'm well aware ...
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Translation of an English nickname into Japanese (and connotations of the translation)

I don't actually know Japanese at all, so I'm piecing the following together as best I can--if someone has a resource for this kind of translation, I would appreciate it as well as a specific answer, ...
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Why is 江風 being translated to Kawakaze even though there's no Kawa in the kanji?

I am studying Japanese and I am also a bit of an Azur Lane fan (a gacha game). One of my favorite characters is called Kawakaze, based on the real-life IJN Kawakaze (a Shiratsuyu-class destroyer). The ...
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What means お before person's name and how to read kanji after お? [duplicate]

I'm reading Kidou Okamoto's Japanese novel right now. It was written in 1950 and its title is "半七捕物帳 01 お文の魂". I noticed that in this novel there are lots of female names that starts with お. ...
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Are there any websites that not only list Japanese names in kanji, but also lists them in hiragana or romaji? [closed]

Anyone who has spent time translating between Japanese and English will know how difficult it is to translate Japanese names into English. Not all Japanese names are hard to translate. If you're lucky,...
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Using nicknames or first name with high school peers

I have a story set in Japan with Japanese high schoolers (around the ages 17-18). One of them is called Kiwatamura (family name) Ryuko (first name). He is Japanese and lived there as a kid but he ...
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How can I write my name Nicole in Japanese? [closed]

How can I write my name Nicole in Japanese?
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Readings for 安 as しずか (Surname)

Is it possible to read 安 as しずか shizuka? Kanshudo.com has this pronunciation as an additional reading for a surname: https://www.kanshudo.com/name/%E5%AE%89 I wanted to do some research before asking ...
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Chinese Name into Japanese [closed]

I was wondering if it was possible to use my Chinese name 安曜輪 Ān Yàolún as a basis for a Japanese name? The only other option is to use katakana to transcribe my western name, which is one of those ...
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Why the name 海未 has the 未 and not just 海?

I've seen Love Live recently and I liked the name UMI. I learned that Ocean was 海 only but when I watch her name closely she had a 海未... I just want to understand what does the 未 mean
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Is 直美 a traditional Japanese name?

I was surprised to learn that 直美 isn't spelled out using katakana and, according to Wikipedia: Naomi (なおみ, ナオミ), pronounced [naomi] is a Japanese name. Though it is a unisex name, it is primarily ...
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Translating my name into kanji [closed]

so my first and second name means "peaceful valley", while my surname means "flowers". So all in all my name means "peaceful valley of flowers", "flowers in a ...
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Can "Yutaka Umeda" (name of a Japanese mayor) be read as "Jo Baiden"?

I've recently read some curious news. Apparently, the mayor of a small Japanese town, Yutaka Umeda, has unexpectedly become somewhat of a celebrity after the recent US elections, because his name can ...
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Why is 噌 a Jinmeiyō kanji despite being used in 味噌?

Jisho.org lists 噌 as a Jinmeiyō kanji. By my understanding this means that the Kanji is permitted to be used for names, but is not considered commonly used for normal words. But the word 味噌 (Miso) is ...
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Seeking a japanese native sounding name from chinese name 陳翔榮(陈翔荣)(Chén Xíangróng)

Can you change my chinese name 陳翔榮(陈翔荣)(Chén Xíangróng) to a japanese name sounding like a native japanese? Many people said it would be Chin Shōei by using a method to read chinese word. I prefer to ...
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How do I convert my Chinese name into Japanese and furigana?

My Chinese name is 葉志軒 and I tried a lot of ways to convert it but it seems impossible. Can anyone help me?
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Kanji for Midori [duplicate]

Please, if someone could help me... My grandfather was japanese, and he named me as Midori, since I was the youngest of 4 girls, he said that the meaning of Midori was little flower sprout, since I ...
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i wanted to name myself a Japanese name,(first-last) but i wanted to know if it was okay to do so

Can someone please answer my question somehow? I would like to respect and honor the means of Japanese people/culture. I did not want to name myself a Japanese name without permission from the ...
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When is 笛 read as もにか?

I read that 笛 can be interpreted as もにか, I was wondering if that's only used for names and if that reading is common/would be understood? Or is it more of a "kirakira" name? Thank you for ...
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What does the following mean?

What does this mean in english if you translate it straight from japanese アントン . Im trying to write my name in japanese (Amy name is Anton) with japanese sign.
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How would my Chinese name be translated into Japanese? [duplicate]

My name in chinese is 金辰 (pronounced Jin Chen in mandarin),would I be able to use it properly in Japanese? I know a lot of Chinese names don't work at all, but I'm pretty sure the kanji for mine ...
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What is the first Kanji in this image?

~口先生 Nothing comes to mind when I look at the first Kanji. I searched for Surnames with 口 in them but nothing seems to match. Here are all the surnames matching ~口
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Why do the readings change?

Forgive my title as I don’t really have a good one at the top of my head. I’ve always been into word play when it comes to naming characters, but when it comes to Japanese it’s kinda difficult for me. ...
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Would a square logo/sign be read like a name seal or like a western sign, if the characters lined up?

Say I had a sign that read 中華料理, but I wanted to fit it into a square for a shop sign, or maybe a t-shirt. Would it be better to use left-to-right, top-to-bottom: 中華 料理 or top-to-bottom, right-to-...
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How to say someone's (possessive) home in Japanese?

The romantic phrase "you're my home," I was wondering how you would translate that into Japanese using someone's name? More specifically, how to say "Mya's home" & "Nathan'...
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Number Suffixes in names? [duplicate]

I can't seem to find any information on this. You know how people in the west have names like James Smith IV, is there something along that line for the Japanese?
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Why is Ichi a common name for a blind person?

I was watching a Japanese movie and incidentally it is mentioned that Ichi is a common name given to a blind person. Why would that be?
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Does 鴉靉魅 work for the name Aimi?

I tried to find kanji for the name Aimi by looking at the readings of kanji on jisho.org. Do the kanji 鴉靉魅 work for the name Aimi?
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What instances would you use someone's full name?

I've run into this a couple times and was always curious. In what instances might you call someone by both their surname and given name? Ex. In a conversation, person B, refers to person A (named ...
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Does the name Yoshi from Super Mario mean anything?

The Japanese spelling of Yoshi is Yosshii ヨッシー I couldn't find any information regarding the origin of this name. Is it a Japanese name ? Does it mean anything ? It's written in katakana which ...
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Evolution of the pronunciation of the surname 中嶋/中島 from "Nakashima" to "Nakajima"

I was trying satiate my nostalgia by looking for theme songs of classic Japanese dramas on YouTube, when it suddenly occurred to me that 中島 can be pronounced in two ways: 中島 みゆき is Nakajima Miyuki 中島 ...
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Can I use my Chinese name as my Japanese name version?

I'm a Chinese, and my name is 彭宏森. But I still confuse how to make it into a Japanese name version. So I was wondering how do I covert my name and how do I read it in Japanese. My Chinese name is ...
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I can write katakana and hiragana but I cannot piece together how i would write my own name in japanese due to a difficult sound in it

Okay, please go to google translate first and set the language on Dutch, After that type in "Joeri", The thing I just can't get to sound right in katakana writing is the "oe" sound....
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How to write the English "sh" ⟨ʃ⟩ in Japanese?

I've learned that if you're translating a name into Japanese you have to translate it by the sound. I want to translate the name "Tymoteusz". I think the name itself is Greek but the writing is Polish,...
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Help reading name

I was sorting trough some items when cleaning when i found an old gift card from a old japanese friend/teacher that I lost contact with, and I can't understand what she wanted to mean when ...
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The name ジューリオ: is it wrong to write it like this?

I have a doubt about the correct way of writing my name in katakana. My name is Giulio, it is an Italian name. When I started learning Japanese, my teacher wrote it as ジュリオ. However, later I found a ...
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Which version of the name こうき means happiness?

. Hey, everyone! I named my main character Kouki, but I'm unsure of the meaning of the variation I'm using (幸輝). I want to make sure that the one I use means "happiness." Could you please help?
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名前の語呂合わせはなんですか / Wordplay in names

「オドキリ」、「キョウジュ」、「アーポン」、「ブリガミ」と「ヒルネリ」という名前のついたエルフがいます。「キョウジュ」、「ブリガミ」と「ヒルネリ」の名前の語呂合わせはわかります。「オドキリ」と「アーポン」は?? There are elfs with names "Odokiri", "Kyouju", "Aapon", "Burigami" and "Hiruneri". I ...

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