Directly translated "Sun light" or "the sun's rays" are also often used as more apt descriptors of what we mislabel for the actual sun in English, for instance "because the sun was so strong...." becomes "Hi no hikari/Nikkou ga amari tsuyoi kara...." although you could probably just use "hi" here as well. And in talking about a sunny day "tenki ga ii" or good weather is a natural set expression that also avoids the hassle of having to decide on one word over the other.Originally posted by mdchachi
taiyou is the astronomical word for "sun" but it's also an every day word, same as the english word.
"hi" can also be used but it's more ambiguous since the same character can mean "day" depending on the context. As far as I know there's no rule dictating when to use which one -- it depends on common expressions and one's own (or regional) habits.
Congratulations ! Taiyo is also used to mean a cheerful, warm (sunny) disposition or personality, so hopefully the name will be a good start towards that.Originally posted by loyfu
You helped alot in choosing my daughter's name - which will be Taiyo... expected early march