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Japanese calligraphy of words and sayings make beautiful works of art. Whether art suitable for framing for your home or office - or more personally artwork on your body  - we have thousands of designs personally created by Master Takase and each meticulously translated and documented. We give you all the information so you can easily verify the translations for yourself so you can be as happy with the translation as you are with the beautiful art.

This is a list of common Japanese words and phrases  - many of which are used in this website. Most of these Japanese words are available as hand-brushed Japanese Calligraphy Designs suitable for tattoos, craft, and commercial use. Each design was hand-lettered by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase and professionally scanned and documented. Links to independent sources, including Japanese/English dictionaries, are given so you can be absolutely sure the translations are correct. To see the complete catalog of Japanese Words visit our on-line catalog at StockKanji - Catalog of Japanese Words.

Japanese Kanji Symbols You Can Trust - Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase has been creating custom designs for over fifteen years with thousands upon thousands of satisfied customers. You have probably even seen Master Takase's work in movies, on TV, or in print or even on a favorite product. Now you can have beautiful Japanese Calligraphy as a part of your own personal expression whether it be for art, body art, crafts or for commercial use.

To begin, select the first letter of the Japanese word or phrase:

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, PQ, R, S, T, UV, W-Z

English Word Japanese Kanji Japanese Word
Balance Japanese for Balance (kinkou) kinkou
Baptism Japanese for Baptism (senrei) senrei
Basho - As the temple bell fades, The ringing lingers in the blossom scent, Evening Japanese for Basho - As the temple bell fades, The ringing lingers in the blossom scent, Evening (kane kiete hana no ka wa tsuku yuube kana) kane kiete hana no ka wa tsuku yuube kana
Basho - How admirable, to see lightning, and not think life is fleeting Japanese for Basho - How admirable, to see lightning, and not think life is fleeting (inazuma ni satoranu hito no tattosa yo) inazuma ni satoranu hito no tattosa yo
Basho - In the plum blossom scent, the sun pops out, a mountain path Japanese for Basho - In the plum blossom scent, the sun pops out, a mountain path (ume ga ka ni notto hi no deru yamaji kana) ume ga ka ni notto hi no deru yamaji kana
Basho - Not spilling the glistening dew, the bush clover, undulating Japanese for Basho - Not spilling the glistening dew, the bush clover, undulating (shiratsuyu wo kobusanu hagi no uneri kana) shiratsuyu wo kobusanu hagi no uneri kana
Basho - On the back of the mirror, A spring unseen, A flowering plum-tree Japanese for Basho - On the back of the mirror, A spring unseen, A flowering plum-tree (hito mo minu haru ya kagami no ura no ume) hito mo minu haru ya kagami no ura no ume
Basho - Shake even the grave, My wailing is the autumn wind Japanese for Basho - Shake even the grave, My wailing is the autumn wind (tsuka mo ugoke waga naku koe wa aki no kaze) tsuka mo ugoke waga naku koe wa aki no kaze
Basho - Taken ill on my travels, My dreams roam over the withered moors Japanese for Basho - Taken ill on my travels, My dreams roam over the withered moors (tabi ni yande yume wa kareno wo kake meguru) tabi ni yande yume wa kareno wo kake meguru
Basho - The old pond, a frog jumps in, the sound of water Japanese for Basho - The old pond, a frog jumps in, the sound of water (furu ike ya kawazu tobikomu mizu no oto) furu ike ya kawazu tobikomu mizu no oto
Bat Japanese for Bat (koumori) koumori
Be Not Defeated by the Wind, Be Not Defeated by the Rain Japanese for Be Not Defeated by the Wind, Be Not Defeated by the Rain (ame ni mo makezu kaze ni mo makezu) ame ni mo makezu kaze ni mo makezu
Be Prepared Japanese for Be Prepared (sonae yo tsuneni) sonae yo tsuneni
Bear Japanese for Bear (kuma) kuma
Beast Japanese for Beast (yajuu) yajuu
Beauties of Nature Japanese for Beauties of Nature (kachoufuugetsu) kachoufuugetsu
Beautiful Japanese for Beautiful (bi) bi
Beautiful Mistakes Japanese for Beautiful Mistakes (utsukushiki ayamachi) utsukushiki ayamachi
Bee Japanese for Bee (hachi) hachi
Beginner's Mind Japanese for Beginner's Mind (shoshin) shoshin
Beijing Japanese for Beijing (pekin) pekin
Believe Japanese for Believe (shinjiru) shinjiru
Believe Japanese for Believe (shin) shin
Believe in God Japanese for Believe in God (kami wo shinjiru) kami wo shinjiru
Believe in Yourself Japanese for Believe in Yourself (jibun wo shinjiru) jibun wo shinjiru
Believer Japanese for Believer (shinja) shinja
Beloved Japanese for Beloved (saiai) saiai
Beloved Child Japanese for Beloved Child (aiji) aiji
Beloved Daughter Japanese for Beloved Daughter (aijou) aijou
Beloved Father Japanese for Beloved Father (aifu) aifu
Beloved Mother Japanese for Beloved Mother (aibo) aibo
Beloved Son Japanese for Beloved Son (aisoku) aisoku
Belt Japanese for Belt (obi) obi
Benefactor Japanese for Benefactor (onjin) onjin
Benevolence Japanese for Benevolence (jin) jin
Benevolence Japanese for Benevolence (jin'ai) jin'ai
Best Friend Japanese for Best Friend (shin'yuu) shin'yuu
Betrayal Japanese for Betrayal (uragiri) uragiri
Bible Japanese for Bible (seisho) seisho
Bird Japanese for Bird (tori) tori
Birth Japanese for Birth (tanjou) tanjou
Black Japanese for Black (kuro) kuro
Black Belt Japanese for Black Belt (kuroobi) kuroobi
Black Belt Japanese for Black Belt (yuudansha) yuudansha
Black Dragon Japanese for Black Dragon (kokuryuu) kokuryuu
Black Magic Japanese for Black Magic (majutsu) majutsu
Black Magic Japanese for Black Magic (kuromajutsu) kuromajutsu
Black Panther Japanese for Black Panther (kurohyou) kurohyou
Blessed Japanese for Blessed (onkei) onkei
Blind Japanese for Blind (moumoku) moumoku
Blond Japanese for Blond (kinpatsu) kinpatsu
Blossom Japanese for Blossom (kaika) kaika
Blue Japanese for Blue (ao) ao
Boar Japanese for Boar (inoshishi) inoshishi
Bold Japanese for Bold (yuumou) yuumou
Bonsai Japanese for Bonsai (bonsai) bonsai
Book of Five Rings Japanese for Book of Five Rings (gorin no sho) gorin no sho
Born Free Japanese for Born Free (jiyuu ni umarete) jiyuu ni umarete
Brave Strength Japanese for Brave Strength (yuukyou) yuukyou
Brave Woman Japanese for Brave Woman (joketsu) joketsu
Bravery Japanese for Bravery (yuukan) yuukan
Breadcrumbs Japanese for Breadcrumbs (panko) panko
Breath Japanese for Breath (ibuki) ibuki
Breath Japanese for Breath (kokyuu) kokyuu
Breathe Japanese for Breathe (kokyuu suru) kokyuu suru
Bridge Japanese for Bridge (hashi) hashi
Bright Japanese for Bright (ki) ki
Bright Fame Japanese for Bright Fame (kimei) kimei
Broken Heart Japanese for Broken Heart (shitsuren) shitsuren
Broken Heart Japanese for Broken Heart (shoushin) shoushin
Brothers Japanese for Brothers (kyoudai) kyoudai
Buddha Japanese for Buddha (budda) budda
Buddhism Japanese for Buddhism (bukkyou) bukkyou
Bull Japanese for Bull (oushi) oushi
Buson - A flash of lightning, The sound of drops, Falling among the bamboos Japanese for Buson - A flash of lightning, The sound of drops, Falling among the bamboos (inazuma ni koboruru ota ya take no tsuyu) inazuma ni koboruru ota ya take no tsuyu
Buson - An evening orchid, Hidden in its scent, The flower's whiteness Japanese for Buson - An evening orchid, Hidden in its scent, The flower's whiteness (yoru no ran ka ni kakurete ya hana shiroshi) yoru no ran ka ni kakurete ya hana shiroshi
Buson - From far and near, Hearing the sounds of waterfalls, Young leaves Japanese for Buson - From far and near, Hearing the sounds of waterfalls, Young leaves (ochikochi ni taki no oto kiku wakaba kana) ochikochi ni taki no oto kiku wakaba kana
Buson - In loneliness, there is joy too, An autumn eve Japanese for Buson - In loneliness, there is joy too, An autumn eve (sabishisa no ureshiku mo ari aki no kure) sabishisa no ureshiku mo ari aki no kure
Buson - In the moonlight, the color and scent of the wisteria, seems so far away Japanese for Buson - In the moonlight, the color and scent of the wisteria, seems so far away (tsuki ni tooku oboyuru fuji no iroka kana) tsuki ni tooku oboyuru fuji no iroka kana
Buson - In the spring rain, The pond and the river, Have become one Japanese for Buson - In the spring rain, The pond and the river, Have become one (ike to kawa hitotsu ni narinu haru no ame) ike to kawa hitotsu ni narinu haru no ame
Buson - Plum blossoms everywhere, I should go south, I should go north Japanese for Buson - Plum blossoms everywhere, I should go south, I should go north (ume ochikochi minami subeku kita subeku) ume ochikochi minami subeku kita subeku
Buson - The long slow days of spring, piling up, so far away the past Japanese for Buson - The long slow days of spring, piling up, so far away the past (osoki hi no tsumorite tooki mukashi kana) osoki hi no tsumorite tooki mukashi kana
Buson - The spring sea, all day ebb and flow, ebb and flow Japanese for Buson - The spring sea, all day ebb and flow, ebb and flow (haru no umi hinemosu notari notari kana) haru no umi hinemosu notari notari kana
Buson - To white plum blossoms, Each night just dawning, Evermore Japanese for Buson - To white plum blossoms, Each night just dawning, Evermore (shiraume ni akuru yo bakari to nari ni keri) shiraume ni akuru yo bakari to nari ni keri
Butterfly Japanese for Butterfly (chou) chou
By Nature, Having Nothing Japanese for By Nature, Having Nothing (honrai muichimotsu) honrai muichimotsu

Notes:

(1) Indicates a word created for its meaning. These will not be found in the dictionary but intended for use a literal translations of names and used in Names in Japanese.

(2) The kanji for some common Japanese words are strange. These exceptions are now often written in katakana rather than in kanji. For example, Fern is shida which has the kanji which literally reads "sheep teeth". Dolphin is another example which is iruka and has the kanji which literally reads as "ocean pig".  

(3) Indicates a Japanese name.

Select the first letter of the name:
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Recommended Books/CD:

Learn Japanese Calligraphy Lessons 1 - 6 by Eri Takase

Learn Japanese Calligraphy by Eri Takase is a unique Japanese Calligraphy course on CD-ROM. With these CD's you can learn Japanese Calligraphy by actually seeing the characters being brushed by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase. Japanese Calligraphy is all about movement and you simply cannot learn the proper movement from a book. These CD lessons actually shows videos of Master Takase brushing the characters - and you can learn proper technique by seeing it over and over again. We also show videos of common student errors and how to correct them. Along with the videos are samples with stroke order that can be printed as well as detailed step by step instructions. Learn Japanese Calligraphy is a great learning tool by itself or to complement your current studies.

The first CD includes topics on tool selection, posture, how to hold the brush as well as the basic strokes of the block font. Each lesson covers the stroke order with examples that can be printed. Combined with our Japanese Calligraphy Sets you will have all you need to begin your study of Japanese Calligraphy.

Or order directly from us and save at Shodokai - Learn Japanese Calligraphy with the first CD at $15.95 - you save over six dollars!
 

Japanese Kanji & Kana Revised Edition: A Guide to the Japanese Writing System (Tuttle Language Library) by Wolfgang Hadamitzky and Mark Spahn

This is an excellent reference and is perfect for learning the stroke order of kana and kanji.

This book shows all modern kanji along with the stroke order and direction. This is the perfect companion for the serious student.

The New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary by John H. Haig, Andrew N. Nelson

For more advanced needs this is the best English Language Japanese-English kanji dictionary you can buy.


References:

カタカナから引く外国人名綴り方字典 (Guide to Spellings of Foreigner's Names in Kana Orders) - Find the original non-Japanese name given the Japanese translation.

United States Census - 1990 - The top 2400 male and female names from this US government publication are covered in our list.

BabyNamer - Produced by Oxygen Media this is a good source for the meaning of names.

The Etymology of First Names - This site is our second choice when researching the meaning and pronunciations of given names.

StockKanji - Names in Japanese Calligraphy Over 9000 names translated to Japanese. This is a searchable site giving much more information about each name than we show here. Many names also have original, hand-lettered designs for personal use like a tattoo and for professional use such as for wedding invitations or as part of a logo design.

Jeffrey's Japanese<->English Dictionary Server - An on-line dictionary that does not require Japanese fonts. This dictionary is terse so it is easy to misinterpret. Its value for name translations is limited as it does not give the pronunciation.

Goo Jiten - A good on-line English/Japanese dictionary. Japanese fonts are required.



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