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    Please help me with my Japanese surname

    Hi! I'm a second-generation Korean-Chinese who was born and raised in America (parents immigrated here from South Korea). My father is Chinese who only knows traditional mandarin (I don't know any Chinese whatsoever) and the traditional Chinese writing for my surname is: 畢 (This is not a common...
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    Help with my last name!

    Hello there! I'm very new to the site but I would really appreciate some help in reguards to the kanji symbols for my last name. My grandparents taught them to me before they passed away and I've seen them the same way on the internet. It's Hayashi and I know that it means forest, but I...
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    Replacing a word's reading with another word

    I wanted to know the name of the following phenomenon or practice: Writing in lyrics 世界(ここ) and reading/singing it as ここ thus using both meanings. Another simple example that appears a lot in Manga: 魔水晶(ラクリマ) The Kanji show us the meaning - what this is, the reading is its name for all intents...
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    What are the good ways of making a male japanese name that "sounds" nice in english and japanese?

    I'm trying to create a nice unique male japanese name that sounds cool in both english and japanese. I don't have strong opinions about what meaning the name should have as long as the meaning doesn't give a bad impression to me and people. Rather, I care about the sound of the name. The name...
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    Question about a name: "Eniko". Please give your opinion.

    Hi. I am considering giving my daughter the Hungarian name "Eniko" as a middle name, as I have Hungarian heritage. Here's the background on this name: Enikő - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A friend of mine said: "that sounds Japanese!". I have lived in Japan and am a big fan of Japanese...
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    Looking for a Translation.

    Hi, My surname is Nakada, but before my grandpa passed away, he told me that our old family name has the meaning of plateau house person. I have looked what that Kanji is and how to pronounce it, but I get 2 different Kanji and 2 different ways to say it. One is Kogen-ka-hito, and another is...
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    Dragon Eclipse

    To translate Dragon Eclipse (dragon eating the sun) could I say Tatsu Nisshoku? If that works could I add Martial Arts by saying Tatsu Nisshoku Bujitsu? Also "way of life and death" can it be said "Seishi Do"? Lastly, in the attached image would the kanji be correct and laid out correctly? Thank...
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    Can a Boy Be Named Tsubaki?

    I was wondering, since (as far as I know) Tsubaki is generally a feminine first name in Japan, would it be weird or embarrassing for a guy to be named Tsubaki? How lenient or non-lenient is Japan on the connection between gender and names? Thanks!
  9. Japanese Family Names

    Society Japanese Family Names

    Modern Japanese names (日本人の氏名 nihonjin no shimei) usually consist of a family name (surname), followed by a given name. This order is standard in Asian countries, while middle names are not generally used. Japanese names are spelt in Chinese characters (漢字 kanji) in Japanese pronunciation...
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